Vehicle Safety

Takata says 5.1 million more vehicles in U.S. have defective airbag inflators

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Takata declared another 5.1 million U.S. vehicles defective as the company disclosed an 11th death could be linked to a faulty airbag, federal auto safety regulators said....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Why the time has come for a Takata bailout

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

It's time for Takata's largest customers to seize the company and ensure it can meet all of the legal and safety obligations arising from its faulty airbag inflators....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America?...
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Takata seeks automaker aid, eyes airbag deal with Daicel, reports say

6:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

Airbag supplier Takata plans to request financial support from Japanese automakers and also wants to team up with competitor Daicel to produce airbag inflators, Reuters reported....
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GM allowed to tell ignition-switch jury about plaintiff's 'lies'

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

GM got a boost in the first trial over a deadly ignition-switch defect as a judge slammed plaintiffs' lawyers for failing to vet their client, an Oklahoma mail carrier accused by the carmaker of lying to the court. Judge Jesse Furman said GM could show a jury evidence which he said would probably be “devastating” to the plaintiff....
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U.S. recalls hit another record in 2015, NHTSA chief Rosekind says

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

More than 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015 in nearly 900 campaigns, another record, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind said today during a speech at the Washington auto show....
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GM ignition-switch plaintiff, accused of perjury, hires criminal-defense lawyer

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

The Oklahoma man whose lawsuit against General Motors over flawed ignition switches was the first to go to trial hired a criminal-defense attorney after the carmaker accused him of perjury and check fraud, the lawyer said....
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NHTSA chief vows action this year on cybersecurity

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The nation's top auto safety regulator said his agency will take action this year to address automotive cybersecurity issues, as the spread of connectivity technologies threatens to expose vehicles to new paths of attack....
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NHTSA chief scrambles to beat the clock

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In late 2014, Mark Rosekind had a choice: re-up for another five years on the National Transportation Safety Board or try to move the needle in two years as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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JESSE SNYDER

Rosekind extends a hand. Take it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind wants the U.S. auto industry and federal regulators to work together to make American roads safer. The auto industry should seize the offer....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dragging my feet and getting shamed into fixing a Jeep

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

FCA has been a nagging but well-meaning aunt, bugging me regularly to bring in an older Jeep Grand Cherokee for an inspection and possible update....
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Ex-GM engineer DeGiorgio acknowledges 'mistakes' made over ignition switch

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Jurors heard testimony from former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio, who approved a faulty ignition switch 12 years before its problems prompted a massive recall that came too late, according to lawyers for a man suing GM over injuries he suffered in a crash....
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Auto industry, U.S. regulators agree to historic measures to improve recalls

11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Department and 17 automakers pledged to work together on safety measures and to improve recalls while the companies also agreed to voluntarily work with the government to identify cybersecurity threats....
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Fiat Chrysler names first-ever 'safety advocate'

10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Fiat Chrysler said today that Kristen Kreibich will be its first-ever safety advocate, responsible for “promoting greater awareness” of auto safety....
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GM cites victim's painkillers in ignition-switch trial

10:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

The plaintiff's attorney in the bellwether federal trial over General Motors' flawed ignition switches says the automaker's "blame-the-victim" strategy is already on display in the early proceedings....
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GM concealed ignition-switch defect, U.S. jurors told in 'bellwether' trial

4:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

GM should pay for concealing an ignition-switch defect from its customers that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths, a lawyer for an Oklahoma man injured in a car crash told a Manhattan jury today....
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FCA's Marchionne meets with NHTSA's Rosekind after $175 million in fines in 2015

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Fiat Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been doing a $175 million dance with each other for the last six months over years of safety regulation violations....
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Autonomous vehicle architects begin to contemplate the human inside

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Automakers and suppliers busily developing hardware and software for autonomous cars are more focused than ever ensuring that humans feel their lives are truly getting better with rising automation....
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Autonomous vehicles will be safer, not perfect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

The self-driving car is likely to make mistakes from time to time, just as humans do, says the head of Toyota's new research institute. But overall, autonomous vehicles will be significantly safer than cars controlled by humans....
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Crash rates for self-driving cars less than conventional cars, study says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Self-driving cars are involved in fewer crashes on average than vehicles with a driver behind the wheel, a study released today by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows....
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Mazda recalls 374,000 vehicles for Takata airbag defects

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Mazda said it will recall 374,000 U.S. vehicles linked to potentially defective front passenger-side airbags made by Takata Corp....
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GM faces first ignition-switch court trials

6:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

General Motors next week faces the first of hundreds of court trials demanding that the automaker pay for the deaths of loved ones or injuries ranging from broken bones to paralysis. The raft of trials, scattered across the country, begins Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Today's safe cars: Too much nanny-tech?

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Automakers like to boast that they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. But the latest safety technology treats all drivers as worst cases. That gets irritating....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Volvo's S90 will (just about) handle the driving on highway trips

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

When the 2017 Volvo S90 goes on sale late this year, you'll barely have to even drive it....
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GM has no plans for 'over-the-air' upgrades on safety systems

10:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

GM will not use 'over-the-air' upgrades, a way of remotely updating software on its vehicles, for safety-critical vehicle systems such as brakes, the automaker's product development chief said on Wednesday....
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