Safety and Regulation

Autoliv predicts 5% growth in 2016, but market wanted more amid Takata recalls

10:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Swedish car safety products supplier Autoliv predicted sales growth of 5 percent this year, but analysts expected more because of potential new business Autoliv could win amid the Takata airbag crisis.... Read More »

Nissan recalling 870,000 Altimas in U.S., Canada for hood latch problem

9:11 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Nissan said it will recall about 870,000 Nissan cars in the United States and Canada for potentially faulty hood latches, marking the third time since 2014 the automaker has recalled vehicles to address the problem.... Read More »

Takata says CEO has no plans 'as of now' to step down

Jan. 29, 2016 11:22 CET

Takata said its CEO Shigehisa Takada had no intention to resign "as of now" as the airbag maker struggles with a long-running safety recall crisis.... Read More »

Honda quarterly profit falls 22% on recall costs, strong dollar

4:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Honda's operating profit fell 22 percent in the latest quarter as expenses for recalling Takata airbags and losses from a strong dollar undercut rising sales.... Read More »

GM, Lithia, Koons settle advertising allegations by FTC

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

GM and two dealership companies, Jim Koons Management and Lithia Motors, will settle allegations that they advertised cars as being carefully inspected when, in fact, they had unrepaired safety recalls, the FTC said.... Read More »

How GM ignition-switch plaintiffs' lawyer botched his big case

11:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Hilliard has litigated some 1,300 cases against General Motors over its deadly ignition switches, but he suffered a stunning blow in the middle of a high-visibility trial last week in New York. It was a lucky "Perry Mason" moment for GM.... Read More »

Michigan may see ballot petition to allow direct vehicle sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

A recent University of Michigan graduate who aspires to work in politics is launching a ballot petition drive to allow automakers to sell new vehicles directly to Michigan consumers.... Read More »

VW wins approval to start European recall of rigged diesels

Jan. 28, 2016 11:12 CET

VW Group won approval for the first stage of its recall of 8.5 million VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat vehicles in Europe with rigged diesel engines - while at the same time disputing that the recall means the models have "defeat" devices as defined by EU law.... Read More »

Automatic braking reduces rear-end crashes, IIHS study finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Automatic braking systems were shown in a new study to reduce rear-end crashes by about 40 percent on average, adding momentum to a push by safety groups, regulators and some automakers to equip all new cars with the technology.... Read More »

Opel will recall Adam and Corsa to fix steering glitch

Jan. 28, 2016 12:34 CET

Opel will recall the Adam and Corsa to fix steering components that could break, making it more difficult to control the vehicles.... Read More »

Takata prepares CEO exit over airbag safety crisis, report says

Jan. 28, 2016 11:20 CET

Takata is preparing the ground for the exit of its CEO, Shigehisa Takada, Reuters reported, as pressure builds on the airbag maker following a huge global recall over faulty inflators that can explode with excessive force.... Read More »

Reynolds and Reynolds provides F&I library to 20 states, looks to add

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Sorting through inconsistent forms and varying federal, state and even city requirements for F&I paperwork has long been a headache for auto retailers. But dealership software and service provider Reynolds and Reynolds is working to provide relief.... Read More »

GM ignition switch accords challenged over alleged lawyer conflict

8:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

A settlement fund for the benefit of more than 1,000 GM customers who sued over faulty ignition switches should be re-examined by a judge because the lawyer who negotiated it had a conflict of interest, another plaintiff attorney involved in the cases alleged.... Read More »

Lexus recalls RX350, RX450h crossovers for airbag flaw

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Toyota is recalling 6,000 new Lexus RX350 and RX450h crossovers from the 2016 model year to fix issues related to airbags.... Read More »

EU seeks more powers over car regulations after VW scandal

Jan. 27, 2016 14:44 CET

The EU is seeking sweeping powers over national car regulations, aiming to prevent a repeat of VW's emissions rigging. Under proposed new rules, Brussels would be able to order spot checks on vehicles, order recalls and impose penalties for failure to comply with environmental laws.... Read More »

Ford expands recall for Ranger pickups with Takata airbags

10:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Ford is expanding a recall of vehicles with Takata airbags after an inflator exploded in a Ford Ranger last month and the driver was killed.... Read More »

Takata says 5.1 million more vehicles in U.S. have defective airbag inflators

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Takata declared another 5.1 million U.S. vehicles defective as the company disclosed an 11th death could be linked to a faulty airbag, federal auto safety regulators said.... Read More »

PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Why the time has come for a Takata bailout

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

It's time for Takata's largest customers to seize the company and ensure it can meet all of the legal and safety obligations arising from its faulty airbag inflators.... Read More »

Europe proposes changes in new-car approvals in light of VW scandal

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

EU regulators will propose a shakeup of rules on authorizing new models of cars to prevent a rerun of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, firing the starting gun on a tough debate as governments and industry resist change.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America?... Read More »

Takata will meet carmakers to gauge possible financial aid, source says

Jan. 25, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata plans to meet with key customers this week to gauge how receptive they are to extending financial aid to help the supplier cope with the costs of its massive airbag recall, a person familiar with the matter said. Honda and Nissan said they received invitations to meet with Takata.... Read More »

Fiat's loss selling EVs in 2015? $84 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Among the 25,084 Fiat 500s sold in the United States in 2015 were at least 6,000 battery-electric 500e cars sold in California and parts of Oregon. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in 2014 that the company loses about $14,000 on each 500e it sells. If that's right it means Fiat lost about $84 million in 2015 selling the 500e.... Read More »

Takata seeks automaker aid, eyes airbag deal with Daicel, reports say

6:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

Airbag supplier Takata plans to request financial support from Japanese automakers and also wants to team up with competitor Daicel to produce airbag inflators, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Takata recall to be expanded to 5 million more vehicles; Ford airbag fatality reported

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

U.S. regulators announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags, covering some automakers not previously affected by one of the biggest auto safety recalls in U.S. history.... Read More »

VW probe shows many bosses knew of 'defeat devices' as far back as 2006, report says

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Many of VW's managers and staff dealing with emissions problems in the engine-development department knew about "defeat devices" being developed as far back as 2006, a German newspaper said today, citing results from VW's internal investigation.... Read More »

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