Safety and Regulation

'NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN'

NHTSA's Rosekind lays down the law, and the industry is rattled

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2015

NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind is invoking extraordinary powers and tools to clear up logjams on recalls, pressure automakers and get unsafe cars off the road. He is leaving his imprint on an agency that has come under heavy criticism in recent years that it's too timid, too slow and too cozy with the industry it polices.... Read More »

European automakers criticize new tests to weed out 'dirty diesels'

May 24, 2015 06:01 CET

European automakers voiced concern over an upcoming regulation that will require diesel car emissions to be tested under "real world" conditions.... Read More »

SIGNAL STRENGTH

Regulators, automakers, entrepreneurs push to break through the V2V roadblock

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

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which allows vehicles to signal their locations to one another and possibly avert collisions, is starting to look like the auto industry's version of a Catch-22.... Read More »

Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study.... Read More »

Feds find GM acted criminally in ignition switch defect, NYT says

8:56 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

The Justice Department has determined that GM's failure to recall millions of defective ignition switches for years involved criminal wrongdoing and could file criminal charges against some of the company's former employees, The New York Times reported late Friday.... Read More »

Recall completion rates declining, Autotrader surveys show

10:41 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Following what's shaping up to be the largest industrywide recall in U.S. automotive history, automakers might have to convince recall-fatigued consumers to bring affected vehicles in for repairs.... Read More »

Porsche recalls 918 Spyder on cooling system risk

12:05 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Porsche today launched a precautionary worldwide recall of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sportscar, which can cost up to $937,000, saying a carbon fiber part could damage the cooling system and needed to be checked.... Read More »

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru add more cars to Takata airbag recall

May 22, 2015 11:04 CET

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata.... Read More »

GM to stay under strict U.S. oversight

4:07 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Federal safety regulators have extended for at least a year a consent order that subjects General Motors to close scrutiny on safety matters, a condition placed on GM in the wake of last year's ignition switch recall.... Read More »

THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall

11:54 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S. vehicles were defective.... Read More »

U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit added to Takata criminal case

10:50 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

US prosecutors in Detroit have joined the federal probe into Takata's defective airbag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally.... Read More »

U.S. indicts 2 execs from NGK for price-fixing

1:39 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

One current and one former executive with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug were indicted today on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold in the United States, the Justice Department said today.... Read More »

PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. This is the auto industry at its absolute worst -- both in Japan and in the U.S.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall?

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test.... Read More »

Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible.... Read More »

California dealer group sues TrueCar, claims website acts as dealer

2:21 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar, accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising and disclosure.... Read More »

Timeline of Takata airbag recalls

7:05 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata.... Read More »

Autoliv ready to pump up capacity to meet Takata replacement inflator demand

6:30 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Swedish auto safety gear maker Autoliv said today that it is ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata acknowledged its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective.... Read More »

Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recall

May 20, 2015 11:10 CET

Swedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators.... Read More »

Takata recall poses dilemma for U.S. backing untested fix

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata's latest recall leaves U.S. regulators with a dilemma: swap defective airbags with parts that may be no safer than the original ones, or shoulder automakers with replacing 34 million vehicles.... Read More »

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 »

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