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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Partners named in investor fraud suit

6:22 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Lynn Tilton, the CEO of Dura Automotive and the so-called Diva of Distressed who's already defending SEC claims of overcharging customers by almost $200 million in fees, must now answer fraud allegations brought by her clients....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Fiat, Renault output in Turkey hit by labor dispute

May 18, 2015 10:59 CET

Production was halted at Fiat's joint venture factory in Turkey today as a labor protest over working conditions that hit Renault last week widened....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Europe's biggest segment is poised for a rebound

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

European sales of subcompact cars including the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta are forecast to rise to 23 percent of the overall auto market in 2015. The increasing popularity of small crossovers, however, means the segment will never again reach the record share seen in 2009, analysts predict....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Spain renews scrappage program for the last time

May 13, 2015 13:00 CET

New-car sales in Spain will continue to be boosted by subsidies after the government said it will renew a scrappage program for the last time.The program has helped to fuel car sales for the last 20 months after the country fell into a severe recession....
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Russian car sales fall 42% to lowest April level for a decade

May 13, 2015 15:17 CET

Russian new-car sales fell 42 percent in April, the lowest level for the month in a decade, as the country's economy continued to be hit by Western sanctions, low oil prices and a weak currency....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Norway reaffirms electric car subsidies after boom

May 12, 2015 16:50 CET

Norway's government reaffirmed some of the world's most generous subsidies for electric vehicles and said it will review high taxes on cars....
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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....
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