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Audi stops sales, recalls A6, A7 for seat sensor glitch in U.S.

12:11 pm U.S. ET | June 21, 2018
Audi issued a stop sale and recall for 2012-18 A6 and A7 sedans equipped with certain seats after determining that a sensor designed to detect whether the passenger seat is occupied can malfunction.

NHTSA orders end to sales of Autopilot Buddy, which disables Tesla safety feature

12:40 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
NHTSA issued a cease-and-desist letter Tuesday to a company selling an aftermarket device that effectively disables a safety feature in Tesla's Autopilot semiautonomous driver assist system.

Some Hyundai, Kia vehicles should be probed for noncrash fires, safety advocate says

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2018
The Center for Auto Safety has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles built in the United States for potential noncrash fire risk.

Federal rollback of car-emissions standards advances to review

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2018
Regulators have sent proposals to roll back auto efficiency standards to the White House for review, a key step in what's likely to be a contentious debate over future environmental regulation.

Automakers to White House: Climate change is real

6:04 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2018
Automakers urged the White House to cooperate with California officials in a coming rewrite of light-vehicle fuel efficiency standards, saying "climate change is real."

U.S. Senate panel delays vote to approve NHTSA chief

6:57 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2018
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee delayed a vote on President Trump's nominee to be the top auto safety regulator in the face of opposition among Democrats over planned changes to vehicle emissions rules.

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford plans to make up lost F-series output

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2018
Ford plans to make up lost F-series output; Mazda's focus on elegance; BMW teases iNext electric AV; NHTSA nominee grilled on Takata recalls; Tesla crash probe; Toyoda's royal wit.

King's nomination hearing for NHTSA chief hits on lethal airbags

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2018
Takata airbags and autonomous vehicles were the focus of a Senate committee's examination of Heidi King, President Donald Trump's nominee to be NHTSA's next administrator.

TAKATA AND THE RECALL CRISIS

NHTSA slams low Takata airbag recall rate by automakers, asks for meetings

11:49 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2018
NHTSA is raising pressure on a dozen vehicle manufacturers that failed to meet a December deadline to replace millions of defective Takata airbag inflators that could explode in a crash.

Takata's defective airbags now linked to 278 injuries in U.S.

4:13 pm U.S. ET | May 11, 2018
Takata's defective airbags have been linked to 278 injuries across the United States, according to updated figures released by Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, in advance of a hearing next week on the nomination of Heidi King to head NHTSA.

NHTSA data shows newer model year vehicles are safer

2:34 pm U.S. ET | May 10, 2018
Newer model year vehicles are less likely to kill passengers, according to data released by NHTSA.

NHTSA says it 'did not assess' Tesla Autopilot effectiveness

8:15 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2018
NHTSA contradicted Tesla's claim that the agency had found that its Autopilot technology significantly reduced crashes, saying that regulators "did not assess" the system's effectiveness in 2017.

Audi recalling 1.16 million vehicles worldwide over coolant pump issue

1:48 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2018
Audi said it was recalling more than a million vehicles worldwide because of concerns that an electric coolant pump could overheat or short-circuit from moisture within the pump and pose a fire risk.

NHTSA seeks information on asphyxiation death in Honda Odyssey

5:14 pm U.S. ET | April 13, 2018
NHTSA has reached out to local authorities and Honda to learn more about the death of a Ohio high school student who died of asphyxiation after getting trapped in a Honda Odyssey minivan.

Trump to tap deputy administrator King to run NHTSA

7:16 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2018
The White House said President Trump intends to nominate NHTSA's deputy chief Heidi King to run the agency as regulators debate reducing planned fuel efficiency increases through 2025.

Tesla says crashed vehicle had been on autopilot prior to accident

8:51 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2018
Tesla said a Model X crossover involved a fatal crash in California had activated its Autopilot system, raising new questions about the semi-autonomous system that handles some driving tasks.

NHTSA proposes scrapping higher automaker penalties for 'gas guzzlers'

10:30 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2018
NHTSA said it was proposing to cancel a planned hike in higher "gas-guzzler" penalties for automakers whose vehicles fail to meet minimum fuel-economy standards.

California said to be preparing to retaliate if Trump cuts emissions rules

7:00 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2018
As the Trump administration begins to dismantle Barack Obama's ambitious auto efficiency regulations, California is said to be poised to retaliate by doing something that automakers have feared: de-coupling the state's rules with those set in Washington.

EDITORIAL

Take the time to get autonomous vehicle testing policy right

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2018
What the industry hasn't been willing to say out loud is what we now know: In the process of pursuing the societal benefits of autonomous vehicles, some innocent lives may be sacrificed.

Automakers get mixed grades on Takata recalls at Senate hearing

2:56 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2018
Automakers are doing a better job repairing vehicles with open recalls for defective Takata airbag inflators after slow initial responses, an independent monitor told Senators.

Ford recalls 1.4 million cars for loose steering wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2018
Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 1.4 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans in North America because loose bolts could allow the steering wheel to come off.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Safety regulations need attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2018
The update to the New Car Assessment Program ratings system will be a big part of the future for inspiring the auto industry and must be perfectly clear to increase our driving safety.

Hyundai, Kia probed by U.S. for airbag failures in deadly crashes

10:55 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2018
NHTSA said it is opening a probe into why some airbags failed to deploy in Hyundai and Kia vehicles after crashes in which four people were reportedly killed and another six injured.

Honda, Ford to testify at U.S. Senate Takata hearing

8:04 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2018
A Senate Commerce subcommittee is holding a hearing on the largest-ever recall in automotive history that some lawmakers say is moving too slow.

U.S. vehicle recalls fall to lowest level since 2013

5:50 pm U.S. ET | March 8, 2018
Light-vehicle recalls in the United States fell to under 31 million in 2017, the lowest level since 2013, NHTSA said, after a record 53 million were recalled in 2016.

 
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

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12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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