Safety and Regulation

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 »

 

Behind the scenes at the IIHS crash lab

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015
Reporter Ryan Beene previews his feature on the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety with this look inside the institute’s crash lab. Read the complete feature in the Mar. 2nd issue of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

Auto safety advocate's work on airbags goes back to 1996

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
David Kelly, the former acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was hired this week to oversee the 10-automaker consortium searching for the root cause behind Takata airbag explosions. But this isn't the first time that Kelly has had to deal with airbags endangering lives they're designed to save.... 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 »

 

Santander Consumer USA to pay $9.35 million settlement over military repos

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Santander Consumer USA will pay at least $9.35 million to resolve charges that it improperly repossessed the cars of members of the military, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.... Read More »

 

JPMorgan says U.S. examining racial disparities on car loans

11:03 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
JPMorgan Chase, the largest US bank, said it’s in talks with the Department of Justice about possible racial disparities in markups that auto dealers charged on loans.... Read More »

 

Auto loan securitization probed by U.S., states

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
The Justice Department and state authorities are looking into the securitization of auto loans for possible fraud as part of an effort to seek out emerging areas of abuse, Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said.... Read More »

 

EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. The update covers how automakers should calculate road load values in coast down tests, which measure the rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag of vehicles as they glide from 70 mph to a stop on a straight, flat track.... Read More »

 

GM gets 33 more claims for faulty ignition-switch compensation

11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
GM received another 33 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,345, according to the administrator of the company's compensation program.... 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 »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Year of the Recall wasn't all GM's fault

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The final tally is in. In 2014, automakers sent out some 64 million recall notices in the United States, more than double the previous calendar-year record. GM was a big part of that, but plenty of others also contributed.... Read More »

 

Apple hiring patterns, patents signal automotive r&d plans

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
A year and a half ago, Apple had applied for just eight patents related to auto batteries. Recently, it has hired a bevy of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis.... Read More »

 

NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the agency's investigation into exploding airbag inflators made by the supplier that have been linked to at least six deaths. NHTSA also warned Takata that it will refer the situation to the Department of Justice if it fails to remedy the situation.... Read More »

 

Daicel to build U.S. airbag inflator plant earlier than planned

6:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Daicel said it would build a second US factory for airbag inflators in early 2016, bringing forward original plans partly to meet automakers' demand for alternatives to potentially deadly inflators made by Takata.... Read More »

 

GM names new top lawyer as embattled Millikin retires

9:43 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
General Motors has named Craig Glidden, the top attorney at a global plastics and chemicals refiner, to succeed departing chief counsel Michael Millikin. Glidden, 57, oversaw legal, communications, government-affairs and compliance functions at LyondellBasell Industries, a Dutch company with US headquarters in Houston. Before that, he was general counsel at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.... Read More »

 

Tesla joined by Koch Brothers, Sierra Club in fight with dealers

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Talk about strange bedfellows. The environmental group Sierra Club and Americans for Prosperity, the political action group funded by the Koch brothers, are both backing Tesla Motors in its battle to avoid franchised dealers and sell cars direct to consumers.... Read More »

 

U.S. judge says he could narrow GM's bankruptcy defense in recall cases

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
A federal judge said if General Motors is found to have violated car owners' constitutional rights by hiding ignition-switch defects during its bankruptcy, he would consider narrowing the legal protections afforded the company under its 2009 bankruptcy sale.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mazda2 gets bigger, lighter and bolder

Feb. 17, 2015 06:01 CET
Mazda expects its latest Mazda2 hatchback to make a bigger impact in Europe's highly competitive subcompact segment than the current model because of its more aggressive design, improved interior and a wide range of safety equipment.... Read More »

 

Daimler recalls 149,000 Mercedes cars in China and Germany

Feb. 16, 2015 16:52 CET
Daimler is recalling about 149,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in China and Germany for safety reasons.... Read More »

 

GM gets 75 more claims for compensation; 4 more death claims approved

1:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
General Motors received 75 claims for compensation for ignition-switch defects in its cars last week, bringing the total to 4,312, the official administering the compensation program said on Monday.... Read More »

 

Safety crisis fades off Congress' radar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Last year's General Motors ignition switch fiasco and the ongoing Takata airbag case appeared to forge consensus for big reforms at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But signs of dimming prospects for major regulatory reform legislation.... Read More »

 

Suppliers develop rear-seat airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
Airbag suppliers, which have developed an array of airbags, side curtains and knee bolsters to protect front-seat occupants, are starting to design a new generation of airbags for rear-seat passengers.... Read More »

 

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