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Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions
3:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2
Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, h ...


Is clock ticking on replacement inflators?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23 | UPDATED: 2/23/15 2:03 am ET - notes Ito's departure
Now that Honda has recalled more than 14 million vehicles to fix defective Takata airbag inflators, CEO Takanobu Ito says he is prepared for a difficult possibility: If t ...


Robot orders surge as vehicle output climbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
In a bid to keep pace with rising production, automakers and suppliers are ordering record numbers of robots. ...


Survey: Suppliers upbeat as N.A. factories hum
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
As North American light-vehicle output remains strong, suppliers are optimistic about their prospects for the coming year and are unfazed about meeting higher production ...


Suppliers develop rear-seat airbags
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15
Airbag suppliers, which have developed an array of airbags, side curtains and knee bolsters to protect front-seat occupants, are starting to design a new generation of ai ...


TRW seeks long-term business from Takata airbag customers
2:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13
TRW Automotive is moving ahead with plans to produce replacement airbag inflators for Takata customers, but only for automakers willing to offer guarantees of long-term b ...


Takata sued by recyclers for lost airbag values
2:41 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12 | UPDATED: 2/12/15 8:26 pm ET - adds details
The Automotive Recyclers Association has filed a lawsuit against Takata, claiming that auto recyclers that wanted to salvage and resell Takata-made airbags will be unable ...


Takata to double output of replacement inflators to 900,000 a month
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10
Takata, racing to meet a huge backlog of orders for replacement airbag inflators, plans to double production to 900,000 units a month by September. ...


Over-the-air auto software updates opens market to acquisitions
2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28
Over-the-air software updates -- a no-fuss, no-muss infotainment feature popularized by Tesla Motors -- is rapidly spreading to the entire auto industry, fueling high-pri ...


Suppliers dream up future innovations. Will automakers bite?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Suppliers try to look over the horizon and craft new features and equipment for autos. ...


Visteon zeros in on 1 segment: The connected car
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
With Visteon Corp.'s announcement last month that it would sell its division that produces heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the supplier is concentratin ...


Maps to track every bump in the road
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Navigation maps that display roads and highways accurately to within 20 centimeters could be available as early as 2017. ...


ZF chief: TRW to keep its own identity -- for now
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
TRW Automotive Holdings will remain a stand-alone company for at least three to five years after the completion of its merger this spring with ZF Friedrichshafen AG. ...


Takata airbag review panel members named by Skinner
10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20 | UPDATED: 1/20/15 2:23 pm ET - adds Skinner interview
Former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner said six experts -- including Cerberus Chairman John Snow -- will serve on an independent panel that will oversee Takata's ...


After '11 quake, Renesas is ready for next disaster
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
At the International CES this month, chipmakers such as Renesas, Nvidia and Freescale were eager to brag about their readiness to supply the silicon brains for infotainme ...


Autoliv has contracts for 25 million replacement Takata airbag inflators
12:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15
Autoliv, the world’s largest supplier of automotive airbags, says it has signed contracts with several automakers to deliver up to 25 million inflators to fix poten ...


Bosch outlines 10-year path to door-to-door driverless car
6:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 | UPDATED: 1/15/15 11:05 am ET - corrected
Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH -- the world's largest automotive supplier -- is preparing to roll out the technology needed to allow cars to pilot themselves and change lane ...


International CES fast becoming high-tech world's auto show
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
The International CES in Las Vegas is fast becoming the high-tech world's own auto show. This year's meeting spotlighted the intersection of the two spheres in areas such ...


'Hive mind' could help cars expect the unexpected
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
Perhaps the key obstacle to the adoption of self-driving cars is fear of the unexpected -- a road encounter with an unfamiliar object that the vehicle's computer can't cl ...


Suppliers resist ceding controls in the cockpit to Apple and Google
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
Most automakers and traditional suppliers aren't content to let mobile-phone technology dictate how drivers interact with their vehicles. ...


Big suppliers try to move like a startup
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10
Silicon Valley's blistering pace of product development has prompted some very large, very traditional automotive suppliers to try to reinvent themselves as technology st ...


Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia, Audi step up computing work
6:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 | UPDATED: 1/5/14 11:33 am ET - adds details
Chipmaker Nvidia revealed that it's accelerating its push into cars with two purpose-built automotive computers. ...


Shifting eyes back to the road ahead
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29
Interior designers are working to concentrate more of a vehicle’s critical information directly in front of the driver and away from center-stack display screens. ...


Older vehicles can escape recalls' nets
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22
The biggest problem for Honda and other automakers involved in the Takata recalls are older used cars that can be difficult to track down. ...


In D.C., Takata finds no friends, just cross hairs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Years from now, automotive historians will agree that Takata Corp.'s fate in the U.S. was sealed during a congressional hearing on Dec. 3, 2014. ...


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