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U.S. prosecutors probe Takata over recalls

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The recall of some 7.8 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that may explode attracted additional federal scrutiny Wednesday, with prosecutors launching a probe into the Japanese supplier and a U.S. House oversight committee calling for a review of the recalls.... Read More »

 

List of 7.8 million vehicles involved in the Takata airbag recalls

6:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Owners of the following vehicles are being urged to act immediately on recalls involving potentially defective airbags made by Takata, according to a corrected list distributed late Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.... Read More »

 

Gentex reports 30% surge in Q3 net income

1:46 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Gentex, which makes a variety of automotive mirrors, cameras and electronic components, said today that its third quarter net income surged 30 percent from a year earlier, with total revenue jumping 22 percent.... Read More »

 

Toyota executive backs Takata’s handling of airbag crisis

6:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
A top Toyota executive offered support for how airbag maker Takata is handling a safety crisis affecting millions of vehicles, days after expanding its own recalls for the second time in four months.... Read More »

 

NHTSA expands faulty airbag warning to 7.8 million vehicles

9:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Auto safety regulators, for the second time late Tuesday, expanded their warning to owners of vehicles recalled for defective Takata airbags, urging them to get the airbags replaced. But the federal website created to help consumers to verify whether their vehicle has been recalled was unavailable for most of the day, and was still down as of mid-morning Wednesday.... Read More »

 

Auto industry forming consortium to fight hackers

10:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
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.... Read More »

 

Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours.... Read More »

 

Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata airbags

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Toyota recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States today because of potentially defective front passenger airbag inflators from Japanese supplier Takata that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to federal safety regulators.... Read More »

 

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 29

11:16 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
The program to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles has approved two new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 29, according to a report released on Monday by the lawyer overseeing the program.... Read More »

 

Startups see opportunities flowing from data port

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Some startups, impatient with automakers' progress and promising to bring older vehicles into the data-driven age, are racing to market with hardware and apps that tap into the OBD-II diagnostic port built into all new U.S. light vehicles' dashboards beginning in 1996.... Read More »

 

NEW PROVING GROUNDS

Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014
The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today's bustling cities. The big hurdle for self-driving cars remains urban America, where the environment is more complex and the range of risks -- cyclists, stray dogs, children running into the street -- is greater.... Read More »

 

Takata engineers struggled to maintain airbag quality, documents reveal

9:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
Manufacturing problems with Takata airbags go beyond what the supplier has disclosed to federal safety regulators about why the devices are at risk of exploding with dangerous force, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters.... Read More »

 

Fourth U.S. traffic death linked to Takata airbags

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
A fourth traffic death in a Honda car has been linked to a defective airbag made by Japanese supplier Takata, according to a county medical examiner in Florida.... Read More »

 

Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata airbags

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A fatal accident near Los Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata airbag -- the third death in the United States linked to a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier, according to local officials and the automaker.... Read More »

 

China to punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel economy targets

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China, taking another step to clean the nation's polluted skies, plans to punish automakers by restricting vehicle output and publicly naming violators if they fail to meet fuel economy rules on light vehicles set for 2015.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls more than 900,000 vehicles for fire risk

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide for potential safety problems that could cause fires. One recall covers some 470,000 cars and SUVs from model years 2011-14 and equipped with a 3.6-liter engine and 160 amp alternator, which may fail, possibly causing a stall or fire. A second recall covers 437,000 Jeep Wranglers -- water in the exterior heated power mirror electrical connector could cause an electrical short.... Read More »

 

Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers.... Read More »

 

Honda starts audit of injury, death reports to U.S. regulator

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Honda asked a third party to determine whether the automaker underreported fatality and injury claims to federal regulators in the United States who are investigating airbag failures with potentially deadly defects.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM sued for $10 billion over losses on 27 million recalled cars

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
General Motors was hit with its biggest lawsuit so far over serial recalls, brought on behalf of drivers of 27 million vehicles seeking more than $10 billion in compensation for fallen car prices.... Read More »

 

Hitachi Automotive readies new autonomous driving technology

10:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Hitachi Automotive Systems is readying a suite of new autonomous driving technologies, including a no-hands self-parking function it plans to market in 2016. The systems, unveiled last week at the supplier’s proving ground in northern Japan, entail precrash braking, advanced adaptive cruise control and vehicle stability control for electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls 184,000 SUVs for potential airbag, seat belt defect

8:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 184,215 SUVs globally because a possible short circuit in a part could disable airbags and seat belt pretensioners. The same part was responsible for a September recall involving more than 850,000 Ford vehicles.... Read More »

 

Nissan commercial fleet to get self-driving tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Nissan believes fleet and commercial vehicle customers are getting more demanding about creature comforts and safety systems, and the company plans to offer autonomous driving features to help satisfy the demand.... Read More »

 

Demand skyrockets for collision-avoidance sensors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Fully autonomous cars may be a decade away, but the sensors they'll need for collision avoidance -- radar, cameras, ultrasound and lidar -- have become a big business already.... Read More »

 

Nissan brand to benefit from Daimler partnership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Mass-market Nissan will begin receiving some goodies that have been flowing from the product-sharing partnership between Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a senior Nissan executive says.... Read More »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: TOM GEBHARDT

Panasonic takes simple path to 'smart' voice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
How can automakers help motorists who struggle with voice recognition, the technology that generates more customer dissatisfaction than any other in-vehicle gadgetry? Panasonic Automotive Systems President Tom Gebhardt believes he has a solution.... Read More »

 

 
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