Safety and Regulation

NHTSA steps up inquiry into defective Takata airbags

7:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
More than 18 months after Honda and other automakers announced recalls to fix exploding airbags, U.S. regulators are now asking the companies to speed up repairs.In letters today to 10 automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked for details about how the companies are reaching nearly 8 million affected consumers and what is being done for people who are afraid to drive their cars.... Read More »

 

Lawmakers ask GAO to review NHTSA actions

4:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Bipartisan leaders of a key House committee have asked Congress' independent watchdog arm for a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amid escalating concern over the agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch and Takata airbag recalls.... Read More »

 

Ford recalls 204,448 Ford and Lincoln crossovers for fire hazard

10:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Ford said it will conduct a regional recall of 204,448 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover vehicles to correct an issue that could cause a fire. The 2007-2008 models have fuel tank reinforcement brackets that could become corroded, which in turn could result in a fuel leak and a possible fire, Ford said today.... Read More »

 

VW recalls Audi A4s in China over airbag issue

Oct. 29, 2014 10:33 CET
VW Group's joint venture with FAW Group will recall 270,635 Audi A4s in China due to an airbag software issue, the country's quality watchdog said on Wednesday. The recall involves 4,692 imported A4 allroad variants and 265,943 China-made A4Ls.... Read More »

 

2 Chrysler recalls involve more than 566,000 vehicles

8:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 381,876 Ram trucks equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines globally to upgrade wiring harness terminals and replace their fuel-heater housings, if needed. Separately, it is recalling an estimated 184,186 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokees to update the vehicles' electronic stability control software.... Read More »

 

Tesla car owners get exemption from $12,000 Shanghai plates

6:40 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Tesla car owners in Shanghai can register their electric vehicles for free after the city exempted them from paying $12,000 for a license plate.... Read More »

 

AutoNation halts sales of used cars under Takata recalls

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
AutoNation has stopped selling used vehicles that are subject to the Takata airbag recalls and warnings. The action affects fewer than 400 cars, AutoNation said today.... Read More »

 

Obama administration eyes leadership change at NHTSA, report says

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The acting chief of the NHTSA, the top federal automotive safety regulator, is unlikely to be nominated for the job and an active search is under way to fill the position, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.... Read More »

 

Takata knew of airbag defects as early as 2001, lawsuits allege

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Takata knew at least as early as 2001 of manufacturing defects that could lead its airbags to explode, U.S. drivers claimed in lawsuits.... Read More »

 

More airbag recalls could test automakers' Takata ties

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Japan's Takata, whose potentially defective car airbags have been linked to four deaths in the United States, is unlikely to be dumped by its automaker customers given the cost and disruption of such a move -- for now.... Read More »

 

Ghosn sees more recalls to ensure quality

Oct. 27, 2014 16:03 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says consumers can expect more recalls as automakers work to keep customers happy and ensure minimal fuss over quality issues.... Read More »

 

U.S. safety regulators probe Chrysler process on Ram pickup recalls

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation of Chrysler Group's handling of two recalls for potential steering issues affecting nearly 1 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks in the United States.... Read More »

 

VW owners in China protest over automaker's recall

Oct. 27, 2014 11:57 CET
Volkswagen faces protests in China after car owners were unsatisfied with its handling of a recall to fix a possible suspension defect. China is VW's No. 1 market, accounting for more than a third of its global unit sales in the first nine months.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM's ignition switch rise to 30

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
A program to compensate victims of mishaps caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors' vehicles has approved one new death claim, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the switch so far to 30, according to a report released today.... Read More »

 

'No other supplier other than Takata has used this ammonium nitrate'

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The emerging crisis over airbags traces back to a little-known Japanese company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota, Honda and GM.... Read More »

 

Honda to take $53 million charge for recalls, including Fit

6:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Honda Motor Co. said it will book 5.7 billion yen ($53 million) in additional recall charges for vehicles, including the top-selling Fit compact car and the new Vezel SUV.... Read More »

 

Takata to form quality control committeee; CEO apologizes for airbag crisis

6:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata said it will form a global quality control committee in response to an auto-safety crisis created by flaws in its airbags. The company's CEO also issued an apology.... Read More »

 

Takata warnings intensify

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata has wrestled with airbag defects for several years, but the issue drew increased attention in the spring and gained urgency last week, after tests showed a higher risk of failure than previously believed.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

The recall process must change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
We have had two cases involving defective parts so bad that one potential solution has been for owners to park their cars. That is indeed a drastic remedy. We have to figure out a better way of handling recalls.... Read More »

 

NHTSA back in cross hairs as airbag crisis escalates

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2014
For the second time this year, a long-standing defect linked to deaths and injuries has triggered a mushrooming auto-safety crisis, lending more fuel to criticism that federal regulators haven't done enough to protect consumers from such dangers. Perhaps more unnerving to those consumers, the problem doesn't yet appear to be contained.... Read More »

 

NHTSA to brief House committee on Takata airbag recalls

1:37 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will brief members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week on the agency's investigation and recalls of Takata airbags.... Read More »

 

Takata's airbag crisis may spur automaker shift to Autoliv, Daicel

Oct. 24, 2014 11:49 CET
The defect in Takata Corp. airbags that has led to millions of recalls and has been linked to four deaths in Honda cars opens the supplier to risk of losing business to rivals including Autoliv and Daicel.... Read More »

 

NHTSA in line for cultural overhaul after airbag meltdown

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The agency that botched a campaign to publicize a potentially lethal Takata airbag defect affecting 7.8 million U.S. cars is reviewing its safety culture, according to a senior Obama administration official.... Read More »

 

Audi will recall 850,000 A4s globally over airbag problems

Oct. 23, 2014 15:42 CET
Audi will recall 850,000 A4s worldwide due to an airbag problem that could prevent front airbags from deploying. Audi said its faulty airbags are not made by Takata, which is at the center of a growing number of recalls.... Read More »

 

Honda, after 5th Fit recall, appoints first quality czar; top execs take pay cut

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
In an unprecedented move, Honda, announcing its fifth Fit recall in 12 months, appointed a quality czar to clamp down on problems. Senior executives will also take pay cuts for three months to take responsibility for the recall-plagued car.... Read More »

 

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