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Daimler to recall 40,000 vans in U.S. to replace faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2015

Daimler made 40,061 vans from 2005-08 with airbags that must be replaced, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.... Read More »

Honda confirms 7th death from Takata airbags

2:03 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

American Honda confirmed today that a Takata airbag explosion was behind the April death of a Louisiana woman, bringing the number of deaths linked to defective airbags from Takata to seven.... Read More »

CarMax criticized for selling cars with open recalls

1:45 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

CarMax is under attack from consumer activist groups in California after a study found vehicles with open safety recalls for sale at two of its stores in the state.... Read More »

Confusion clouds count of cars hit by Takata airbag recall

6:35 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

The number of vehicles on U.S. roads with potentially defective Takata airbags appears to be less than half the 34 million initially estimated by federal regulators. Reuters analysed recall records submitted to the watchdog and confirmed by the car companies.... Read More »

Honda driver's death in La. may be 7th from recalled Takata airbags

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

A Louisiana woman who got an airbag recall notice for her 2005 Honda Civic two days after the crash that killed her may be the seventh fatality linked to the defective Takata safety device.... Read More »

U.S. weighs charges against GM following ignition switch recall, WSJ says

9:23 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors are considering wire-fraud charges against General Motors stemming from its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a defective ignition switch linked to 111 deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported today.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 111

3:05 pm U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 111 deaths, up two more from a week ago, the office administering GM’s victim compensation fund said.... Read More »

NHTSA pledges closer scrutiny of automakers

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

Automakers and suppliers can expect tougher data requests and more frequent audits from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency said Friday, June 5, as it outlined a plan to prevent safety lapses similar to General Motors' ignition switch crisis of 2014.... Read More »

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Takata opens up, and it's terrifying

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

The deeper investigators dig into the Takata airbag recall, the worse it gets.... Read More »

NHTSA takes charge; Takata plays second fiddle

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2015

Last month's consent decree between NHTSA and Takata has already changed the course and pace of what will be one of the largest and most complex recalls in U.S. history.... Read More »

Takata will give quality chief more authority with board role

4:45 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Takata, the troubled Japanese supplier behind the massive global airbag recall crisis, will give the executive in charge of quality assurance, Hiroshi Shimizu, more authority by naming him to the board of directors.... Read More »

FCA hearing by NHTSA to proceed, despite automaker's changes

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to proceed with a July 2 public hearing to probe Fiat Chrysler's handling of 20 recalls despite several changes and new initiatives by the company designed to improve its recall performance.... Read More »

Takata identifies at least 400,000 faulty airbag replacement parts, report says

12:31 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

At least 400,000 of the 4 million replacement inflators for defective Takata airbags will need to be replaced again in U.S. vehicles, sources at NHTSA and the Japanese safety equipment maker told Reuters.... Read More »

Ally Insurance launches extended service contracts, supporting technology

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

Ally Insurance is rolling out an extended service-contract product paired with a technology platform. The new product line offers three levels of service contracts aimed at new-vehicle buyers who want coverage beyond the standard warranty or buyers of used vehicles seeking coverage. One dealer found the program saved customers 15 minutes in the F&I office.... Read More »

Takata plans to 'transition' away from ammonium nitrate in airbags

3:18 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Takata plans to “transition” away from using a volatile chemical in its airbag inflators, a top executive from the embattled supplier told a panel of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday.... Read More »

Canada seeks recall powers akin to U.S.

4:54 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is introducing a law that would give her the authority to force companies to recall faulty vehicles.... Read More »

Takata will drop a troublesome airbag inflator design

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Takata will stop producing one type of driver-side airbag inflator that's used in more than 17 million U.S. vehicles covered by its expanded recalls, a top Takata executive plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch death toll inches up to 109

2:23 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switches is up to 109, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said.... Read More »

Fighting off brands with off brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Mitsubishi, tired of seeing owners skip dealerships for independent repair shops that use generic parts, fought back with a white label of its own.... Read More »

Key words unlock customer-pay business for store

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Hubert Vester Honda service department's marketing went digital. As a result, their customer-pay repair orders increased 35 percent in September compared with the year-ago month.... Read More »

GM recalls 375,000 heavy-duty trucks with Takata airbags

5:23 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

GM is recalling about 375,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks equipped with passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata. And Subaru will expand a recall of Impreza compact cars with Takata airbags to about 80,000 from 20,000.... Read More »

Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are exploding and injuring motorists, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.... Read More »

Key Safety ramps up airbag inflator production

4:10 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems said today it will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December.... Read More »

Honda expands airbag recall in Japan

4:32 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators.... Read More »

BMW recalls vehicles with Takata airbags

May 28, 2015 21:31 CET

BMW is recalling 420,661 vehicles in the U.S. due to issues involving Takata airbags. The automaker is recalling 20 models to replace driver-side front airbag inflators.... Read More »

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