Vehicle Safety

Former GM researcher, auto safety expert Donald Friedman dies at 88

1:14 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Donald Friedman, a former General Motors researcher and auto safety consultant, died last month in Southern California. He was 88....
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Honda used airbag inflators made by ARC as probe widens

6:39 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Honda, the automaker worst affected by the global safety crisis involving defective airbags, said it had used inflators made by a second company under investigation in the U.S. for suspected flaws....
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Senate panel reverses course on rentals of recalled vehicles

9:26 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

A Senate panel killed a proposal to permit companies to continue renting vehicles that have been recalled, a measure criticized by consumer groups, automakers and even some rental-car companies....
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Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future....
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Chrysler, Kia airbags from supplier ARC being probed by U.S.

10:51 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

U.S. safety regulators said they were investigating possible ruptures of airbag inflators made by ARC Automotive, the second company to be probed for defective airbags after Japan's Takata....
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M-B's 2017 E class ups the ante on self-driving

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will add expanded and new autonomous-drive technologies to the next-generation E class, which arrives next spring....
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GM ignition-switch death toll reaches 124

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg’s office has has nearly completed its review of 4,000-plus compensation claims related to General Motors’ recalled ignition switches. So far, the death toll is 124 deaths, three more than last week....
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Volvo CIO says 'virtual safety' will be core value at Swedish premium brand

July 13, 2015 07:48 CET

Volvo's IT boss says the automaker's commitment to safety includes the promise to protect its customers from having their vehicles hacked. Klas Bendrik also explained to Automotive News Europe why he believes the company's connected car features need to be easy to use, affordable and provide tangible benefits....
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FCA to recall 88,346 Dodge Challengers for Takata airbags

9:23 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 88,346 Dodge Challengers to fix a flaw with the driver-side frontal airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Takata rejects U.S. senator's call for airbag victim fund

6:29 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Takata, the Japanese auto supplier at the center of a global safety crisis, rejected a U.S. senator's request to set up a fund that would compensate people injured or killed by its airbags....
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Senate introduces bill clamping down on vehicle defects

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

New vehicles would be required to have a dashboard warning light to tell drivers that their vehicles have been recalled under a sweeping auto safety reform bill backed a trio of Democrat U.S. senators....
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GM recalls 779,023 SUVs for lift gate defect; 56 injuries reported

10:28 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

General Motors is recalling 779,023 SUVs globally, including 686,287 in North America, for gas struts on power lift gates that can prematurely wear, causing the gate to fall on people....
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Measure to permit more rental cars under recall draws fire

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

A U.S. Senate panel unveiled a plan to roll back protections consumers get when renting cars with potentially lethal safety defects, an approach a safety advocate called a step backward....
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Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving....
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Smartphonelike car displays challenge safety policymakers

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smartphones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea?...
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Toyota finds airbags are in demand on world's deadliest roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

For many years, carmakers have been loath to make airbags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. But Toyota has found that customers don't mind paying more for safety on the world's deadliest roads....
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Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Ford is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules....
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GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims

6:54 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for at least 119 deaths....
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EDITORIAL

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. Improving NHTSA will take work, but the basics are simple....
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Ford F-150 pickups draw NHTSA scrutiny

1:31 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Some Ford F-150 pickups from the 2011-12 model years are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible defect that could cause loss of power-brake assist....
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Delphi, Google deny report saying self-driving cars nearly collided

10:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Delphi Automotive and Google denied a report by Reuters that their self-driving prototype cars had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week....
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Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today....
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Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in U.S. for possible brake failure

8:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Subaru is recalling 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the U.S. because the automatic pre-collision braking part of the driver-assist system could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to documents posted online by federal safety regulators....
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BLOG: Removing the fear when passing a big rig

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around....
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EDITORIAL

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety....
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