Vehicle Safety

NHTSA criticizes Chrysler for limited expansion of recalls

5:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Chrysler Group's decision to limit an expansion of an earlier recall of vehicles with possibly defective passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata has put drivers at risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's top official said Friday....
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GM replacing keys on 2014-15 trucks to prevent ignition shutoff

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
GM is replacing ignition keys on its newest trucks because of a design problem that can cause the shift lever to bump the key and shut off the engine. GM said its investigators determined that the issue was not a safety defect because it occurs only when the driver has a foot on the brake and is shifting gears. Rather than a safety recall, GM issued a technical service bulletin to dealers on Nov. 6, instructing them to replace keys for customers who complain of a problem....
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Honda says 3 million more cars need airbag fix in U.S. recall

6:46 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Honda, the biggest customer of airbag maker Takata, said about 3 million more of its vehicles will need to be fixed in the United States after it widened a repair campaign to the entire country....
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Defiant Takata puts onus on carmakers for U.S.-demanded recalls

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Takata's refusal to comply with a federal demand to widen its airbag recall leaves regulators in a quandary: take the parts supplier to court or try to convince automakers to do the job instead....
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NHTSA nominee Rosekind pledges tougher stance, 'common sense'

2:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Mark Rosekind pledged to make the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a tougher auto safety watchdog if confirmed as the agency’s new administrator....
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Chrysler and Ford expand regional airbag recalls

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Chrysler Group says it will expand its recall of about 149,000 pickup trucks in 12 states and territories to include passenger-side airbag inflators, made by supplier Takata. But hours after the announcement, the nation's top vehicle safety agency called the expansion "insufficient."...
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Honda to expand recalls of driver-side Takata airbags

11:22 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Honda North America today said it would expand its recall of potentially explosive driver-side airbag inflators nationwide in accordance with a request from federal regulators, even as the airbag manufacturer Takata continued to insist it's not necessary....
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NHTSA demands info about Takata's airbag propellant

7:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has demanded that Takata produce documents and answer questions under oath about its use of ammonium nitrate as a propellant in its airbag inflators, according to documents posted on NHTSA's website Wednesday....
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Takata poised for clash in Congress after rejecting U.S. recall

6:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Airbag supplier Takata’s rejection of demands to recall vehicles across the United States sets the stage for a confrontation with members of Congress critical of its response to potentially deadly defects....
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Takata has yet to find 'root cause' of airbag ruptures, executive says

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Japanese supplier Takata acknowledged today that it still does not understand what is causing airbag explosions that have hurtled metal shards into vehicles even as it insisted that calls for a broader recall to remedy the problem were misguided....
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Takata chief called to explain airbag crisis to Japan's industry ministry, report says

10:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Japan's powerful industry ministry has summoned Shigehisa Takada, chairman and CEO of Takata, to explain what the company is doing to resolve a crisis over potentially deadly airbags, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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Takata investigated defective airbag inflator as early as 2003

9:26 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
As early as 2003, Takata ran an investigation into an airbag inflator that ruptured in a BMW, but concluded the problem was an anomaly, the company said on Tuesday, ahead of a second congressional hearing today on dangerous airbags it supplied....
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NHTSA says no need for national recall of passenger airbags

11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today confirmed that it is not yet ready to call for a nationwide recall of Takata-produced passenger airbags, easing fears that automakers could face shortages of replacement inflators. But the agency is sticking with its demand for a national recall of Takata driver-side airbag inflators -- a step the supplier has not yet supported....
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Toyota calls for independent Takata inflator tests throughout industry

2:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Toyota today called for an industrywide initiative to test Takata's airbag inflators to determine whether automakers should expand their regional recalls into nationwide efforts....
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Takata to comply with U.S. order to expand regional recall, Japan report says

6:29 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Takata is preparing to comply with an order in the United States to expand a region-specific recall nationwide, Japan's Nikkei said today, a move that's likely to add millions more to the tally of cars called back to replace potentially deadly airbags....
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Airbag explosion in scrapyard has Japan weighing more recalls

6:12 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Japan’s investigation into dangerous airbags is leading to a remote scrapyard in the central Gifu prefecture, where the explosion of a car model not included in current recalls suggests automakers may have to yet again expand their safety campaigns....
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Takata faces questions on airbag risk outside humid areas

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
A House panel on Wednesday is expected to press Takata for the results of recent tests that could indicate whether the supplier's airbag inflators might pose a safety hazard outside hot, humid areas. The committee also wants to know whether Takata's replacement inflators are essentially the same design as the company's defective inflators....
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Takata, automaker execs to testify before House on airbags Wednesday

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Executives of Takata, Toyota, Honda and BMW are scheduled to testify at a committee hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning....
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Chrysler will speed Takata airbag recall after heat from regulators

12:10 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is speeding its regional recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators after federal safety regulators castigated the automaker over the pace....
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GM recalls more than 300,000 SUVs, sedans for headlamps that go dark

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
General Motors is recalling 316,357 older-model SUVs and sedans for a problem with malfunctioning headlamps....
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Toyota: Active safety for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. will step closer to autonomous vehicles when it begins rolling out a range of advanced active safety systems across its mass-market lineup in early 2015. New or re-engineered technologies include more sophisticated precrash braking packages, an improved auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system....
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'Investors do not want to have anything to do with Takata shares'

6:33 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Investors are piling into bets against Takata as the U.S. pushes for nationwide recalls to replace its faulty airbags and members of Congress prepare to renew their scrutiny of defects linked to five deaths....
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Inside Takata, tantrums, but little sense of crisis over airbag recalls

10:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2014
Shigehisa Takada, the third-generation head of Takata, shows little sense of the crisis engulfing the Japanese airbag maker at the center of one of the auto industry's biggest safety recalls, say people who have met him recently....
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Takata recalls could shake trust in Japan auto industry, minister warns

10:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Takata's safety crisis linked to five fatal auto accidents threatens to shake confidence in Japanese manufacturing and the country's auto industry, the nation's transport minister warned....
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Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup. The new or re-engineered technologies, unveiled in Tokyo, encompass more sophisticated precrash braking packages, a better auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system....
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