Safety and Regulation

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Automakers survive EU politicians' backlash on emissions for now

Feb. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Intense lobbying by Europe's car manufacturers helped to save a compromise that will let automakers exceed EU pollution targets for now, but the narrowness of their victory shows that politicians are running out of patience.... Read More »

Rise in traffic deaths last year raises alarm at NHTSA

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

U.S. Transportation Department officials are mounting an effort to tackle the human causes behind traffic deaths, which after years of steady declines, increased sharply last year.... Read More »

Takata posts quarterly profit gain as airbag recalls mount

6:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Takata reported quarterly profit rose from a year earlier, as it seeks to convince automakers including Honda to continue to support it through expanding recalls.... Read More »

Honda will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in U.S. over restraint system

7:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Honda said it will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in the United States to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system after confirming two injuries linked to the units.... Read More »

Continental recalls defective airbag control units used in 5 million vehicles

8:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Continental Automotive Systems said it supplied potentially defective airbag control units to 5 million vehicles used by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and three other automakers built over a five-year period worldwide, widening an airbag safety crisis.... Read More »

Honda warns dealerships of liability as it widens airbag recall

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

American Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recalls by more than 2 million vehicles and warned dealers that they could face legal exposure for unrepaired vehicles if they violate a related stop-sale order for the affected cars.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Chock this out: We may have jumped the shark on Recall-o-rama

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker will voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers with free wheel chocks.... Read More »

Takata plans to present restructuring plan to carmakers in May, report says

10:58 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Takata is preparing to present a restructuring plan to automakers in early May that will include an agreement on the sharing of recall costs, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Toyota Motor Credit reaches pact with CFPB over discriminatory loan pricing

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Toyota Motor Credit has agreed to pay up to $21.9 million and limit its retail margins on auto loans to settle U.S. Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allegations that it overcharged minority borrowers on their auto loans.... Read More »

Key Safety Systems to be acquired by Chinese conglomerate in $920 million deal

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Airbag and seat belt supplier Key Safety Systems Inc. has agreed to be acquired by Chinese auto conglomerate Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. in a $920 million deal.... Read More »

Automakers' political power may sway EU pollution-test vote

Feb. 2, 2016 12:02 CET

A European plan to test cars' pollution levels under real driving conditions may survive a veto threat this week, signaling that the VW cheating scandal has done little to reduce the auto industry's political influence.... Read More »

VW Group sends proposal to fix rigged 3.0-liter diesels to U.S., Calif. regulators

8:23 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Under deadline Tuesday, Volkswagen Group of America submitted to U.S. and California regulators a draft plan to recall and repair thousands of 3.0-liter diesel vehicles containing illegal emissions software.... Read More »

Toyota recalls 320,000 vehicles for side airbag issue

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Toyota today said it is recalling about 320,000 vehicles from the 2003-06 model years for an airbag-related defect. The recall affects the 2003-06 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2004-06 4Runner, 2005-06 Tundra, 2005-06 Sequoia, 2003-06 Lexus LX 470 and 2004-06 Lexus GX 470.... Read More »

Audi prepares recall of rigged diesels in Germany

Feb. 2, 2016 11:08 CET

Audi expects to begin recalling models fitted with rigged diesels in Germany next month. Audi plans to fix 580,000 cars in the country as part of a recall that will be expanded across Europe.... Read More »

Mazda issues recalls for potential fuel leak, Takata airbags

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Mazda issued two recalls covering all of its 2014-16 CX-5 crossovers in the U.S. for potential fuel leak concerns, in addition to 2004-06 pickups equipped with Takata airbags.... Read More »

GM, lawyers ask U.S. judge to reject bid to halt switch settlement

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

General Motors has asked a judge to reject efforts by a lawyer who first publicly exposed a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles to undo a settlement fund resolving 1,380 death and injury lawsuits.... Read More »

Takata must change culture to prevent another safety crisis, panel says

6:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Takata Corp. must make quality a part of company culture if it hopes to prevent future safety defects like the exploding airbags at the center of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, a panel appointed by the Tokyo-based manufacturer to review its manufacturing process concluded.... Read More »

PSA will recall 2,484 cars in Russia over possible problem with electronics

Feb. 2, 2016 14:18 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will recall 2,484 Peugeot 4007 crossovers in Russia because of possible problems with their electronics systems.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler will offer new settings for diesel engines to make them cleaner

Feb. 2, 2016 10:56 CET

Fiat Chrysler will offer new calibrations to make its most recent generation of diesel vehicles cleaner on the road after completing an internal review of its cars following the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal.... Read More »

VW faces U.S. deadline for SUV emission repair plan

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Volkswagen faces a Feb. 2 deadline to submit a repair plan for 80,000 diesel SUVs and larger cars that emit excess pollution, even as it considers buying back some vehicles and a prior fix plan for smaller vehicles was rejected.... Read More »

Tesla applies for dealership license in Michigan

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Tesla Motors has applied for a Michigan dealership license, a move the automaker said is intended to test a state law effectively banning the electric-vehicle maker's direct-sales model.... Read More »

Got gadgets?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Some of the most revolutionary innovations originate not with carmakers but with the suppliers who provide the building blocks and concepts that reshape the industry. Here is a sampling of some of the most cutting-edge technologies.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Industry breaks trust, makes its bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Widespread safety recalls, information withholding and deceitful practices are damaging the auto industry's public credibility and sparking a regulatory reaction.... Read More »

DeLorean to make comeback after Congress nixes red tape

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

The DeLorean Motor Co. of Humble, Texas, plans to start production of a souped-up version of the super-cool gull-wing icon from the three-decade-old Back to the Future franchise, and it's all thanks to an act of Congress.... Read More »

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 »

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