NHTSA proposes digital recall notices to increase repair ratesWed, 31, Aug 2016
Automakers would be required to notify owners of vehicle recalls electronically through emails, text messages or other digital tools under a rule change proposed by U.S. auto safety regulators to increase the rate of repairs.
Tesla to release Autopilot update 'in weeks,' Musk saysWed, 31, Aug 2016
Tesla plans to release an update of its partly automated self-driving system "in a few weeks," CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday. Improvements to Tesla's Autopilot system, including advanced processing of radar signals, will be detailed in a blog post on the company's website later today, Musk said.
Fatal Takata truck blast was 'like a big bomb,' sheriff saysTue, 30, Aug 2016
The truck carrying Takata airbag inflators exploded “like a big bomb,” said the Texas sheriff whose officers rushed the scene. The cause of the grisly accident last week isn't known, he said, and the damage was so extensive that a woman killed in the blast was identified only through dental records.
U.S. congressional leaders seek more time to study new mpg rulesMon, 29, Aug 2016
Three congressional leaders on Monday asked top federal environmental and safety officials to extend by 60 days the public comment period on new vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards.
U.S. issues 'call to action' after traffic deaths riseMon, 29, Aug 2016
The U.S. government is seeking support from researchers and data scientists to help understand and ultimately combat the leading causes of traffic deaths after a significant spike last year. The Obama administration today issued what it called an “unprecedented call to action” as it released a final analysis of traffic fatality data from 2015, when roadside deaths jumped by 7.2 percent from 2014 to 35,092, the most since 2008.
Mitsubishi recalls 82,436 vehicles for transmission problemsMon, 22, Aug 2016
Mitsubishi Motors is recalling 82,436 vehicles from the 2015 and 2016 model years because a transmission problem could delay acceleration.
NHTSA's Rosekind hits hot roads across South to push recall repairsTue, 09, Aug 2016
Frustrated by the failure of many American motorists to take cars with safety defects to dealers for repairs, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind on Tuesday began a political campaign-style swing through Southern states to push for better vehicle maintenance.
Jaguar Land Rover recalls 54,000 vehicles with Takata airbagsFri, 05, Aug 2016
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 54,000 vehicles in the U.S. in the latest round of Takata airbag recalls.
U.S. expands probe of 8 million airbag inflators after fatal crash in CanadaThu, 04, Aug 2016
NHTSA upgraded a probe of more than 8 million airbag inflators made by ARC Automotive after a death was reported in Canada following an inflator rupture in a Hyundai vehicle last month.
U.S. regulators urged to scale back fuel efficiency finesWed, 03, Aug 2016
Two major auto trade associations want U.S. regulators to reconsider plans to more than double fines for failing to meet fuel efficiency requirements, saying it could increase industry compliance costs by $1 billion annually.
Rosekind says changing behaviors must be part of safety equationWed, 03, Aug 2016
The auto industry has a tendency to lean heavily on technology solutions to improve safety, but changing human behavior must also be part of the solution, the nation's top safety regulator said Wednesday.