Safety Equipment

GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today....
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Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says

11:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal....
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Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET

Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection....
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Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous....
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U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars

10:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing....
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Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators

11:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators. “Ford Motor Company products currently in development will not be equipped with Takata airbag inflators that use ammonium nitrate,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said today in a statement....
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Tesla recalls 90,000 Model S cars for potential seat belt defect

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Tesla Motors, unable to fully explain a broken seat belt discovered in early November by a European owner of the all-electric Model S sedan, has decided to recall the entire Model S fleet....
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Takata airbag recall gets more complicated, and messy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Craig Jorgensen owns a Honda CR-V and a Toyota Avalon, both originally fitted with potentially deadly Takata airbags. His experience in the biggest combined safety recall in U.S. automotive history shows just how complicated the process is....
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NHTSA finally puts foot down on propellant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Federal regulators are taking over efforts to recall 19 million U.S. vehicles and replace 23 million potentially faulty airbag inflators. But they are going beyond that. Regulators also set a deadline for halting the use of ammonium nitrate as an airbag propellant....
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Takata crisis dents keiretsu argument

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Honda has decided to stop using airbags supplied by Takata Corp. That's a catastrophic turn of affairs for Takata after a run of quality glitches that have resulted in 19 million U.S. vehicle recalls and as many as eight deaths. But it's also a dramatic twist in what the auto industry has long assumed about Japanese keiretsus....
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Takata crisis hands rival Autoliv chance to go big in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Sweden's Autoliv could capitalize on the crisis engulfing its rival Takata by finally extending its global leadership to the one major auto hub it has been unable to dominate -- Japan. Autoliv is the world's top maker of equipment such as airbags and seat belts, but it has struggled to break ties between Japan's carmakers and Takata....
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U.S. senators seek to ensure Takata recall is completed

6:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Two influential U.S. senators, worried about Takata's ability to complete a recall of potentially deadly airbag inflators, sought regulatory guidance on how to hold the Japanese supplier accountable if its U.S. subsidiary goes bankrupt....
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The shunning of Takata

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

The debate is over: Takata is expendable....
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BLOG: How Volvo's chairman sparked a re-think of child safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Volvo Chairman Li Shufu's vision helped inspire the automaker to re-think how young children will travel in its cars in the future....
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Mazda snubs Takata; supplier's survival in doubt

Nov. 5, 2015 11:42 CET

Analysts are openly questioning the survival chances of Takata as more automakers consider no longer using its airbag inflators, which are at the center of a recall crisis....
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Mercedes to recall 126,260 vehicles in U.S. for airbag flaw

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 126,260 cars for a defect that can cause airbags to inflate unexpectedly without a crash -- or not at all during one....
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U.S. ultimatum to Takata could force more sweeping recall

6:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Takata's consent order with U.S. regulators contains an ultimatum whose consequences could be even more damaging than the $200 million penalty imposed on the company Tuesday: Prove that ammonium nitrate is a safe propellant for airbag inflators, or face a recall of every inflator it has ever made with the chemical....
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Takata agrees to pay $70 million fine for defective airbags

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Takata agreed to phase out its use of ammonium nitrate propellant in airbag inflators and pay a $70 million U.S. fine to resolve violations stemming from the supplier's airbag defect crisis....
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Honda bans Takata airbags from future vehicles

9:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Citing manipulation and misrepresentation by airbag maker Takata, Honda has dumped the company from supplying airbags for all of its future models....
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E class borrows styling cues from S-class flagship

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan will look strikingly similar to the company's flagship S class, based on new spy photos. The 2017 E class, a mainstay of Mercedes' sedan lineup, will feature a sloping front end, and side and rear panels that resemble a smaller S class compared with the current E class, which is boxier, especially in the rear, the photos show....
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VW failed to report death, 3 injuries linked to vehicles to NHTSA

6:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Volkswagen failed to report at least one death and three injuries involving its vehicles to a U.S. regulator's database designed to save lives by spotting possible defects....
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Honda recalls some 2016 CR-Vs for exploding Takata airbag risk

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2015

Honda is recalling some 2016 models of the popular CR-V crossover because of a new, potentially deadly Takata airbag defect....
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Fiat Chrysler recalls about 900,000 SUVs, crossovers to fix airbags, brakes

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles around the world to fix issues related to airbag deployment and anti-lock braking systems....
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Nissan expands sedan recall to fix fuel-line defect that could lead to fire

5:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Nissan expanded a sedan recall for a defect that could lead to fuel leaks during crashes to nearly 47,000 Altimas and Maximas....
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Repair shops could get airbag recall work

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

NHTSA officials see a possible role for independent repair shops to help with the Takata recall. Such a move would be unprecedented and would also add another layer of complexity and risk to what NHTSA is already calling the most complex auto safety recall in U.S. history....
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