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Toyota to recall 112,500 U.S. vehicles on possible safety issues

2:47 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Toyota said it was recalling about 112,500 vehicles in the US due to possible safety issues.... Read More »

Hyundai Genesis recalled over possible incorrect gear position display

1:54 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Hyundai is recalling about 24,400 2015 Genesis luxury sedans for a water leak issue that could lead to shifter display problems in the car.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler joins GM in grappling with troubled ignition switches

6:51 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing a burgeoning recall problem with ignition switches that is similar to the troubles faced last year by General Motors. Fiat Chrysler said Friday it is doing a second recall of 703,000 minivans and SUVs with a defective ignition switch that can rotate out of position.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Let's ensure recalled vehicles get fixed

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

The idea that each state should set its own standards for licensing drivers is ridiculous. There should be a single standard for age and other requirements to acquire a driver's license, a uniform system similar to federal licensing of aircraft pilots. The same logic applies to auto recalls. We need consistency.... Read More »

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Takata airbag crisis must be solved ASAP

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Public safety must be the paramount concern. The auto industry and regulators must work to solve the immediate airbag recall crisis as rapidly as possible. And both must prepare to intensify efforts if the current recall expands.... Read More »

Jump-starting car sales from the service lane

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Mike Bowsher uses software at the service desk to help him jump-start the sales process at his stores. The owner of Carl Black Auto Group says once his staff got the hang of using the software tools, new- and used-vehicle sales across his four dealerships rose 700 to 800 vehicles per quarter.... Read More »

Lithia refocuses on customer-pay work

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

A surge of warranty business largely accounted for Lithia Motors Inc.'s gain in service and parts revenue last year. That's prompting the group to urge store managers to emphasize winning more customer-pay work.... Read More »

FCA will loosen tech restrictions

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Fiat Chrysler will loosen restrictions on about half of its U.S. dealerships so specialists in their service departments, such as diesel mechanics, can work more efficiently. The rules will allow dealers to assign higher-level warranty work to technicians with lower certifications if the higher work is monitored by a tech with the proper training.... Read More »

NHTSA faces dilemma on expediting Takata recalls

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

As U.S. auto safety regulators mull an order to speed the Takata airbag recalls, they face a vexing problem: capacity. It's unclear whether suppliers can speed production of the inflators beyond their current expansion plans, or how quickly they could do so.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 703,000 vehicles to fix ignition switches

10:40 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 702,578 SUVs and minivans to fix defective ignition switches that can unexpectedly turn off the engine. The recall covers Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans from 2008 to 2010 model years, and Dodge Journey SUVs from 2009 to 2010.... Read More »

Nissan expands recall to address Altima hoods that may fly open

9:28 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Nissan expanded the North American recall of its top-selling Altima sedan to about 878,000 vehicles because a secondary hood latch may fail and cause the hood to fly up while the car is in motion, according to a company filing with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

7:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata airbags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers.... Read More »

NHTSA expands Ford Fiesta door-latch probe to 2013 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding a September investigation of door-latch failure in the 2011-13 Ford Fiesta to include the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.... Read More »

Senate bill would bar car registrations until recalls completed

4:16 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Car buyers in the United States would have to get most repairs subject to a recall performed before registering their vehicles under legislation being introduced by two Democratic senators concerned that too many defects are ignored.... Read More »

Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions

3:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, humid regions.... Read More »

FCA recalls 2,211 Hellcats after fuel leak discovered

10:29 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling its brand-new, top-end 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats after a dealer discovered a fuel leak on a car being delivered from the factory. The recall affects 2,211 vehicles.... Read More »

Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to the issue of airbags endangering lives they're designed to save.... Read More »

High-rise parts bins ease space crunch

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Electronic parts storage machines that allow small parts to be stacked vertically and retrieved automatically at the touch of a button or scan of a bar code are gaining acceptance at some dealerships, where square footage is at a premium.... Read More »

Service outsources small stuff

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

As dealers everywhere press their service departments to improve customer-satisfaction results, some Florida stores are outsourcing their more troublesome tasks, such as detailing, porter work and lot maintenance.... Read More »

Hyundai recalls more than 200,000 Elantras over steering problem

8:14 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015

Hyundai is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering, the company said in a report filed with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. The automaker also said it is recalling some 2015 models of the Chrysler 200 for issues that may prevent vehicles from shifting into park.... Read More »

U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive

1:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel today.... Read More »

Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests

10:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's troubled inflators on their behalf.... Read More »

U.S. orders Takata to preserve airbag inflators for federal probe

4:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

A federal safety regulator on Wednesday ordered troubled Japanese supplier Takata to preserve all airbag inflators removed through a recall process as evidence for a federal investigation and private litigation cases.... Read More »

Is clock ticking on replacement inflators?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Now that Honda has recalled more than 14 million vehicles to fix defective Takata airbag inflators, CEO Takanobu Ito says he is prepared for a difficult possibility: If the replacements also go bad someday, they would need to be replaced too.... Read More »

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