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U.S. drops estimates for vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags by 36%

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

U.S. auto safety regulators now believe about 19.2 million U.S. vehicles are covered by the recalls for Takata airbag inflators that can explode in a crash, 36 percent fewer than were thought earlier this summer to carry the defective parts.... Read More »

FCA recalls 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokees to fix windshield wiper defect

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because of a defect that could cause windshield wipers to stop working.... Read More »

FCA details buy-backs, incentives for completing older recalls

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today issued details on its buy-back and incentive program offered to more than 1 million owners of vehicles recalled in 2013 but for which recall repair programs weren’t immediately available.... Read More »

Jeep Grand Cherokee being probed by NHTSA for rollaway risk

11:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

An estimated 408,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are the subject of a preliminary NHTSA investigation after drivers complained that newer models rolled away after being put in park.... Read More »

Toyota tests potential alternatives to Takata airbag inflators

Aug. 25, 2015 10:54 CET

Toyota said it is testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata. Toyota said it wanted to ensure the parts were compatible with its vehicles.... Read More »

GM ignition switch defects tied to 124 deaths, 275 injuries, Feinberg review finds

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has completed its review of all 4,000-plus compensation claims related to General Motors' faulty ignition switches. The switches, which prompted the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles last year, now have been linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries, 17 of which were serious.... Read More »

2008 Honda Accords probed by NHTSA for airbags that may fail to deploy

10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

NHTSA opened an investigation into 348,000 Honda Accords for a flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.... Read More »

GM recalls Impalas for airbags flaw involving infant seats

12:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

General Motors is recalling 8,989 Impalas for passenger-side airbags that can fail to turn off if an infant seat is in the front seat.... Read More »

Toyota may buy replacement airbag inflators from three Takata rivals

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota, recalling about 12 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata airbags, said it may tap three additional suppliers to boost supply of the components. The automaker said today it is considering using inflators from Autoliv, Daicel and Nippon Kayaku for replacement airbags.... Read More »

GM expands headlight recall to 180,504 more vehicles

11:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

General Motors is expanding a recall of Buicks and Pontiacs with defective low-beam headlights to include 180,504 more vehicles, the automaker said today.... Read More »

Japan faces shortage of replacement airbags as recalls expand

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Japan may face a shortfall in supply of replacement airbags as automakers recall 9.8 million vehicles in the country to swap out potentially defective devices made by Takata, according to its transport ministry.... Read More »

FCA takes guesswork out of dealers' weighty decisions

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is introducing an online analyzer that allows dealers to forecast potential returns from expanding their service operations.... Read More »

Tesla note irks some Model S owners

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Tesla Motors annoyed some owners of its Model S cars with an e-mail requesting that they stop hogging the free fast-charging stations the electric-vehicle maker provides to ease long-distance travel.... Read More »

GM recalls 2010 Cobalts for wiring flaw

10:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

General Motors is recalling 73,424 Chevrolet Cobalts for misrouted wiring that can prevent a driver’s side airbag from deploying during a crash.... Read More »

VW recalls 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix airbags

8:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

VW is recalling as many as 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a flaw that may prevent their airbags from deploying in an accident. The recall affects seven models, including the Golf, Jetta and Passat.... Read More »

Autoliv, ZF TRW gain from Takata's recall troubles

Aug. 13, 2015 10:33 CET

By March, Autoliv, Daicel and ZF TRW Automotive will make about 68 percent of the inflators used to repair faulty Takata airbags behind a record vehicle-safety recall. Autoliv estimates it will supply as many as 20 million replacement inflators in 2015 and 2016.... Read More »

Takata sets campaign to alert drivers on recall for airbag risk

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Takata, whose exploding airbag modules have been tied to at least eight fatalities, is planning an extensive advertising campaign to urge consumers to get the defect fixed.... Read More »

GM fund rejects 5 ignition-switch injury claims

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Five of the six remaining injury claims in General Motors’ compensation fund for victims of its faulty ignition switches were rejected since the fund’s last update on Aug. 7.... Read More »

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BLOG: CarMax dodges a bullet, thanks to NADA, NIADA and NAAA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

CarMax owes the National Automobile Dealers Association, the National Auto Auction Association and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association an enormous thank you.... Read More »

Hackers turn off Tesla Model S at low speed

8:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

Tesla issued a software patch to address security flaws in the Model S that could allow hackers to take control of the sedan. Cybersecurity experts took command of a Model S and turned it off at low speed, one of six major flaws they found that could allow hackers to maneuver the vehicle, a newspaper reported.... Read More »

Takata swings to Q1 profit on higher U.S. sales

Aug. 6, 2015 10:03 CET

Takata, whose airbag inflators are at the center of a global safety recall, today said it swung to a profit in its first quarter due to higher sales in the U.S., India and Southeast Asia. Net profit was $24.85 million.... Read More »

Volvo plans XC90 recall for third row airbag glitch

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Volvo Cars is preparing a global recall and a delivery stop for 9,000-10,000 of the redesigned seven-seat 2016 XC90 crossovers for a potential airbag problem.... Read More »

Takata's tab for U.S. lobbying rises 22% as recall scrutiny intensifies

10:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Takata boosted spending on U.S. federal lobbying by 22 percent in the second quarter as it faced increased attention from regulators and lawmakers about faulty airbags behind the auto industry's largest combined parts recall in history.... Read More »

Repeat repairs on older Volvos are free

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volvo Cars of North America has launched a new parts and labor warranty for older cars to drive more business to dealerships. If an off-warranty vehicle is repaired at a Volvo dealership and comes back with the same problem, the fixes are free.... Read More »

COMMENTARY

Takata apology is a sign that accountability is new normal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Times have changed. Today, consumers hold the key to the economy. The Detroit 3 control less than half the U.S. market. Consumers expect greater corporate responsibility and accountability, particularly on health and safety.... Read More »

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