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TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS

Older vehicles can escape recalls' nets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The biggest problem for Honda and other automakers involved in the Takata recalls are older used cars that can be difficult to track down.... Read More »

 

When recalls go to court, NHTSA tends to win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
If history is any guide, fighting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over recalls in court is a losing battle.... Read More »

 

World Congress panel to explore vehicle innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Aluminum vs. high-strength steel. It's one of the industry's hottest technological battlegrounds as automakers push to reduce vehicle weight while cutting costs and improving safety.... Read More »

 

Suppliers: Automakers' efforts to cut costs damage relations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Relations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating largely because of intensifying cost-cutting demands, according to a survey.... Read More »

 

Faurecia expects tech to fuel growth CEO sees benefits from megasupplier trend

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Faurecia CEO Yann Delabriere, 64, is counting on the French supplier to provide high-tech products to meet customer demands anywhere in the world.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How will GM handle aluminum?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
What's required to perform collision repairs on the new GM vehicles?... Read More »

 

Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of.... Read More »

 

TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS

Honda dealers face recall phone blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Suppliers, regulators, automakers and consumers are struggling to understand the scope and implications of a defect in Takata airbags that has led to recalls of millions of vehicles. For Honda and Acura dealers, it's a chore just to keep up with the phone calls.... Read More »

 

U.S. auto recalls top 60 million as response to defects shift

9:38 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Automobile recalls surpassed the 60 million mark in the United States for the first time in a single year, largely because of the rush to prevent more deaths from defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata airbags.... Read More »

 

FCA US recalls 3.3 million more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
FCA US said today it will replace driver-side airbag inflators in as many as 3.3 million more older-model vehicles, in a capitulation to a demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.... Read More »

 

GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
General Motors has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made airbag inflators widens, forcing the automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said today.... Read More »

 

U.S. traffic fatalities fell 3% in 2013, return to record low rate

2:17 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in the United States to 32,719 fatalities in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today, crediting a combination of stricter regulation and advanced safety technology.... Read More »

 

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says

7:51 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.... Read More »

 

Cadillac says CT6 rearview mirror will have high-res video

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Cadillac plans to introduce a rearview mirror embedded with high-resolution streaming video that gives the driver more expansive rearward vision, unobstructed by headrests, passengers and the car's roof or rear pillars.... Read More »

 

Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich.... Read More »

 

Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers.... Read More »

 

Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S.

10:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles.... Read More »

 

Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak

9:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

 

Ford shuts doors at Belgium plant

Dec. 18, 2014 15:12 CET
Ford produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years.... Read More »

 

Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan

8:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ form Russia's biggest auto parts buyer

Dec. 18, 2014 14:20 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance and AvtoVAZ will merge their purchasing activities in Russia to create the largest buyer in the country's auto industry.... Read More »

 

UK car production seen flat in 2014 as exports weaken

Dec. 18, 2014 11:00 CET
British car production will remain flat in 2014 as model changeovers and economic uncertainty in export markets hit output.... Read More »

 

Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle

Dec. 17, 2014 18:09 CET
The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components.... Read More »

 

Toyota-PSA Czech JV plant cuts 2015 production target

Dec. 17, 2014 13:47 CET
Czech car factory TPCA, a joint venture of Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, cut its 2015 production outlook by 10 percent to 220,000 vehicles.... Read More »

 

Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls

10:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper.... Read More »

 

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