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Recent articles
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. ...


Denso air conditioner designed to fit in any vehicle, save money
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
What if a supplier could design a one-size-fits-all component for all of its customers, a product that would allow major economies of scale? Denso Corp. is trying it with ...


Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team
3:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12 | UPDATED: 12/12/14 4:20 pm ET - adds age
The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' join ...


Trust in Takata to solve crisis is dissolving
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7
Takata, the world's second-largest supplier of airbag inflators and a company once considered too big to fail, is rapidly losing control of the recall crisis. ...


Autoliv 'ramping up for millions' in replacement airbag inflators, exec says
4:42 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5
A senior Autoliv executive said the Swedish airbag supplier is preparing to expand annual inflator production capacity by millions of units to meet demand for replacement ...


NHTSA says no need for national recall of passenger airbags
11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2 | UPDATED: 12/2/14 2:15 pm ET - corrected
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today confirmed that it is not yet ready to call for a nationwide recall of Takata-produced passenger airbags, easing f ...


Toyota calls for independent Takata inflator tests throughout industry
2:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2 | UPDATED: 12/2/14 4:54 pm ET - adds Takata reaction
Toyota today called for an industrywide initiative to test Takata's airbag inflators to determine whether automakers should expand their regional recalls into nationwide ...


Takata faces questions on airbag risk outside humid areas
6:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1 | UPDATED: 12/1/14 6:50 pm ET
A House panel on Wednesday is expected to press Takata for the results of recent tests that could indicate whether the supplier's airbag inflators might pose a safety haz ...


Takata, automaker execs to testify before House on airbags Wednesday
3:12 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Executives of Takata, Toyota, Honda and BMW are scheduled to testify at a committee hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning. ...


Why Takata rescue would be costly, slow
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30
Some lawmakers want competing airbag suppliers to help Takata produce enough inflators to repair millions of recalled U.S. vehicles. ...


Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma. ...


Wilbur Ross steps down as chairman of IAC to take bank board spot
4:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21
Wilbur Ross, the billionaire turnaround artist who launched International Components Group in 2006, is stepping down as IAC’s board chairman to take a senior positi ...


Takata faces nationwide recall order for driver's-side airbags
5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18 | UPDATED: 11/18/14 10:45 pm ET - adds details, responses
Federal safety regulators are seeking to expand regional recalls of faulty driver's-side airbags made by Takata into a nationwide campaign, prompting the supplier to warn ...


Semiconductor demand spurs merger activity
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17 | UPDATED: 11/26/14 2:44 pm ET - corrected
Spurred by fast-growing markets for infotainment and collision avoidance, semiconductor suppliers are bulking up with a wave of mergers. ...


In smart headlight, 1 LED emits beams that can be controlled
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
A German consortium is developing a "smart headlight" that would require just one LED bulb instead of the array of 25 LEDs required for an Audi A8-style high beam. ...


Suppliers start moving closer to GM plants
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
General Motors' drive to cut $900 million a year from its North American logistics spending in 2015 and 2016 is beginning to bear fruit. ...


Rehired exec at center of Takata storm
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15
This past summer, Takata rehired a retired engineering executive to oversee its embattled quality-control operation -- an executive who is now at the center of a fresh co ...


Takata to hike inflator output at Mexico plant
5:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13
Under heavy pressure to boost output of replacement inflators for airbags amid a recall crisis, Takata is preparing to build two new production lines at its plant in Monc ...


Minority suppliers get Tier 1 help
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 | UPDATED: 11/19/14 12:57 pm ET - Correction
Canny minority suppliers, who typically lack the global size and cutting edge r&d for competitive technology, are forming partnerships with Tier 1 companies to handle maj ...


ZF and TRW usher in new era of deals
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
In the wake of ZF's $13.5 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive, other merger and acquisition deals are bubbling up. ...


Feds push Takata to outsource inflators Rivals TRW
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Under pressure from federal regulators, airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. has asked rival suppliers if they can help produce replacement inflators for the company's custom ...


Suppliers warn spot shortages could pop up
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2
If North American light vehicle output keeps rising next year, some suppliers warn that spot shortages could develop. ...


Takata taps rivals to help build replacement inflators
6:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30 | UPDATED: 10/31/14 10:43 am ET - adds details
Takata, under pressure from federal regulators, has asked rival suppliers if they can help produce replacement inflators for the company's airbag customers. ...


Auto industry forming consortium to fight hackers
10:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21 | UPDATED: 10/22/14 5:09 pm ET - adds letter to NHTSA boss
Automakers are forming a consortium to deter hackers who might try to breach a vehicle's security system -- an effort that has gotten the blessing of federal regulators. ...


JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. ...


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