Safety and Regulation

Takata changed design of its airbags in 2008, report says

6:32 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Troubled airbag supplier Takata began changing the safety devices in 2008 to reduce the risk that humidity would cause them to deploy abnormally, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

More replacement airbag production planned, Takata says

1:25 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata said it plans to boost production of parts needed to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators that could spray vehicle occupants with metal shards.... Read More »

THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. The ruptures occurred in ballistic tests of more than 30,000 airbag inflators Takata retrieved from recalled vehicles.... Read More »

Takata acknowledges defect in airbags

2:15 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

After months of pressure from U.S. regulators, Takata Corp. acknowledged that its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective, a decision that sharply expands the scope of the airbag crisis and could prompt one of the largest recalls for a safety defect in U.S. history.... Read More »

More suppliers join active-safety fray

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

You might think that the market for collision avoidance systems - with their complex mix of radar, cameras, processors and software - would be dominated by a handful of mega-suppliers. But it hasn't happened yet, and new players are jumping into this red-hot segment.... Read More »

FCA ordered to explain handling of 20 recalls at July hearing

12:45 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Fiat Chrysler will be hauled before a public hearing to investigate the handling of 20 recalls, escalating tensions between U.S. safety regulators and the automaker.... Read More »

GM faulty-ignition death claims hit 104

12:37 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

The death toll from General Motors’ faulty ignition switches has inched past 100, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said.... Read More »

130,000 Nissan Versas under investigation for potential coil spring flaw

10:33 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

U.S. safety regulators have launched a preliminary evaluation of about 130,000 2008-10 Nissan Versa cars after receiving complaints about fractures in the front suspension coil spring.... Read More »

Audi plans backups for key safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi AG is adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach. All key technologies, including the processors, software and sensors, will have a redundant backup system in case of failure.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

A callous response to the airbag crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for their trade group.... Read More »

Takata, Japan automakers stuck in uneasy reliance

7:46 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Airbag supplier Takata and Japanese carmakers including Honda are locked in the commercial equivalent of a bad marriage -- not entirely happy in each other's company but unable to break apart and wary of potentially costly court battles.... Read More »

Honda exec says latest airbag recall may impact Japan sales

7:04 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Honda could see an impact on sales in Japan from its plans to recall some 5 million cars to replace potentially fatal airbags made by troubled supplier Takata, a top executive said today.... Read More »

ZF completes $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW

10:26 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG said today that it has completed its $12.4 billion acquisition of safety systems supplier TRW Automotive Holdings.... Read More »

Honda, Daihatsu add 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

4:40 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

The Takata airbag recall expanded by millions more vehicles for the second time in as many days, with Honda and Daihatsu calling back more inflators. The latest recalls affect some 4.89 million vehicles at Honda and about 260,000 at Daihatsu, the mini vehicle subsidiary of Toyota.... Read More »

GM wins dismissal of UAW retiree appeal

11:42 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

A federal appeals court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the UAW claiming that General Motors was required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for an affiliate's retirees.... Read More »

Apple settles battery maker's scientist-poaching lawsuit

7:06 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Apple agreed to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of poaching a lithium-ion battery maker's scientists to work on its own project for an electronic car.... Read More »

Takata asking to pay for recalls through installments, report says

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Takata asked automakers to allow it to pay for costs related to its recalled airbags by installment and is meeting with its bankers almost every day to ensure it has enough cash flow, an analyst who attended a company briefing told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Honda adds nearly 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

May 14, 2015 11:00 CET

Honda today said it will recall 4.89 million cars globally to replace potentially fatal airbag inflators made by Japan's Takata. The recall comes a day after Toyota and Nissan said they were taking back 6.5 million vehicles worldwide over the same issue.... Read More »

U.S. pledges to speed up V2V mandate

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Federal rules requiring new cars and trucks to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication equipment will be proposed earlier than expected as part of a government move to speed the deployment of connected-car technologies.... Read More »

Ford recalls 12,328 F-150s for faulty steering shaft

11:04 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

Ford is recalling about 12,300 2015 F-150 pickups in North America because of a faulty upper I-shaft that may separate, which can cause a loss of steering.... Read More »

Nissan Murano gets top rank after IIHS small-overlap test

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

The Nissan Murano, Jeep Wrangler and Ford Flex earned high ratings in the latest round of small-overlap front crash testing, helping the Murano and Flex win coveted “top safety” honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.... Read More »

GM recalls 522,000 Malibus, pickups for potential seat hazards

3:28 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

GM is recalling about 469,000 2011-12 Chevrolet Malibus for a steel cable connected to the seat belt that can weaken and break, along with nearly 53,000 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups for faulty seat frame attachment hooks.... Read More »

Visteon sued by township over bond payments

4:29 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

Supplier Visteon has been sued by the township where it is based in a dispute over payments on bonds used originally to finance construction of Visteon's headquarters complex.... Read More »

Google, Delphi disclose crashes in self-driving cars

7:17 pm U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Four experimental self-driving cars have had fender-benders on California roads since September, when the state first required companies such as Google to hold permits for testing on public roads, according to a new report.... Read More »

Death tally linked to GM ignition switch hits 100

11:57 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The death toll from General Motors' defective ignition switch stands at 100, according to the outside attorney handling victims' claims for GM. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg had approved 100 death claims received by his office as of Friday, three more than a week earlier.... Read More »

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