Vehicle Safety

U.S. appoints former federal prosecutor to be Toyota safety monitor

6:18 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Former federal prosecutor David Kelley has been appointed as the government monitor who will supervise Toyota's safety after the company's mishandling of vehicle recalls for unintended acceleration....
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Chrysler purchasing chief Kunselman to lead new safety office

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Chrysler tapped its head of purchasing, Scott Kunselman, to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry's safety record grows. Tom Finelli, 44, Chrysler's current director for global standardization, will assume responsibility for North American purchasing and supplier quality, effective immediately, Chrysler said today....
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Attorneys for GM customers compete to lead ignition-switch legal battle

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Lawyers for GM customers are jostling to lead lawsuits over faulty ignition switches. They don't know what they can sue for -- a judge will tell them that -- but they do want to be in charge....
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GM loses bid to dismiss revived ignition-switch lawsuit

12:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
General Motors failed to convince a Georgia judge to dismiss a revived lawsuit over the death of a 29-year-old woman that helped trigger the automaker's ignition-switch recall crisis. Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley today set a trial date for April 2016....
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VW recalls 189,000 Tiguan SUVs in N. America for potential stalling

9:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
Volkswagen is recalling 189,490 Tiguan small SUVs in North America for potential stalling issues....
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Victims' claims for GM compensation pour in

11:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
More than half of the 113 applications submitted in the first week of General Motors' compensation program for victims of its faulty ignition switch were death claims. Sixty-four claims were filed on behalf of people who died in crashes allegedly caused by the defective part, said Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the program being overseen by victim-compensation specialist Kenneth Feinberg, in an interview....
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GM issues 5 more recalls covering 269,000 vehicles

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
General Motors issued five recalls covering about 269,000 U.S. vehicles, from 2013 Cadillac ATS sedans for a seat belt glitch to older-model Saturn Vue crossovers for a problem with the key coming out when the ignition is not turned off....
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Hacking group wants to play nice with automakers

7:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
A group of well-known hackers and security professionals are trying to build better ties with the auto industry and to enlist their help in improving vehicle security, one of the hottest areas of cyber research....
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GM to ask court to reject revival of Georgia ignition death suit

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
GM will ask a Georgia judge on Saturday to reject an attempt to revive the lawsuit that helped trigger the recall of 2.59 million cars over faulty ignition switches....
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Ford recalls about 3,000 vehicles in North America

11:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Ford is recalling about 3,000 cargo vans and luxury SUVs in North America in three separate moves to address potential brake hose, sliding door and windshield glitches....
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VW expands Chrysler-built minivan recall over ignition switches

9:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Volkswagen is more than doubling a three-year-old recall of its Chrysler-built Routan minivans that have ignition switches that can be knocked into the accessory position and shut off the engine, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators....
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GM: 140,000 owners of recalled vehicles can't be reached

6:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
GM says it hasn't been able to reach nearly 140,000 owners of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars it has recalled for faulty ignition switches, highlighting the challenge it faces in trying to track down vehicles that have likely changed hands several times over the years....
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Hyundai fined $17.35 million by U.S. for delayed reporting of brake defect

4:51 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Hyundai will pay a $17.35 million fine for failing to report a brake defect on Genesis models, and carry out a recall, in a timely manner to U.S. regulators. The company also agreed to additional sweeping oversight by the government to better identify, report, and communicate safety-related defects, NHTSA said....
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Takata forecasts record $235 million loss on airbag recall

7:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Takata, the Japanese maker of faulty airbags causing millions of recalled vehicles this year, forecast a record annual loss on the callbacks....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Software is key to sizzling active safety market, Delphi exec says

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The $14 billion global market for collision avoidance and driver assistance is expected to grow about 25 percent a year -- a growth rate that has established active safety as one of the auto industry's hottest segments....
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Subaru recalls 5,000 older models over Takata airbags

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Subaru of America said it is recalling about 5,000 older-model cars with passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata that may rupture and break into metal fragments that could harm passengers....
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Volvo r&d boss shares strategy to take lead in self-driving cars

Aug. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Volvo wants self-driving cars to be a cornerstone of its efforts to produce the safest cars on the road, the automaker's r&d chief Peter Mertens said....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Safety regulators working on cars that can detect drunk drivers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Federal safety regulators are working on a “seamless” technology that can detect alcohol by touch and breath and can be used to reduce or eliminate alcohol-related vehicle crashes....
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U.S. upgrades Honda Accord airbag probe after nearly 300 complaints

9:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
U.S. safety regulators have upgraded the investigation of an estimated 335,195 Honda Accord sedans a step closer to a recall after receiving almost 300 complaints that airbags can deploy when the car door is shut with too much force....
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SELF-CONFIDENT

Mercedes-Benz's autonomous driving features dominate the industry -- and will for years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Silicon Valley is making waves with news about self-driving cars. But the most-advanced vehicles that consumers can actually buy today came out of Mercedes-Benz in Germany....
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Mini Cooper tops other small cars in latest round of overlap crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman stood out among its peers in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, receiving the only good rating among 12 small cars evaluated....
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Execs who delay safety recalls would face life in prison under Senate bill

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Auto executives who delay safety recalls that result in deaths could face up to life in prison under a new bill backed by a United States senator who has been one of the staunchest critics of GM's handling of its ignition switch recalls....
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Hyundai recalls another 420,000 vehicles in U.S., 1.3 million for the week

1:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Hyundai Motor is recalling about 420,000 vehicles covering three models for separate problems in the United States, after recalling 883,000 Sonata sedans this week, according to federal safety regulators....
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THE GM RECALL

GM missed red flag from rental car firms on fatal crashes

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
More than seven years before GM began the biggest wave of auto recalls in history, an investigator for Vanguard Car Rental contacted the carmaker about a fatal rollover crash in California. Vanguard wasn't alone. Records show Enterprise Holdings pressed the automaker about a potential Cobalt defect because airbags failed in routine crashes. Avis and Hertz also had Cobalts in their fleets that crashed....
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Automakers seek delay on pedestrian-alert systems for hybrids, EVs

3:18 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Automakers, citing delays at NHTSA, want the agency to postpone rules that would require hybrids and electric vehicles to be equipped with pedestrian-alert systems....
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