Shift to fancy gear knobs draws ire of Consumer ReportsTue, 28, Feb 2017
Automakers have been replacing traditional gear shifts with buttons, knobs and wheels to spruce up vehicle interiors -- but that is confusing motorists and diminishing safety, Consumer Reports says.
Will Takata plea deal kill civil suits against automakers?Tue, 28, Feb 2017
According to several automakers, they are properly viewed as victims of Takata's fraudulent scheme to produce defective airbags -- not as perpetrators of their own deception of car buyers.
Takata pleads guilty to U.S. fraud charge linked to faulty airbagsMon, 27, Feb 2017
Takata pleaded guilty to a felony charge as part of an expected $1 billion deal with the Justice Department that includes compensation funds for automakers and victims of its faulty airbag inflators. The plea removes a major obstacle to the potential sale or restructuring of the embattled Japanese supplier, which is expected to intensify a search for a buyer or financial backer.
To reduce distractions, bring back knobsMon, 27, Feb 2017
U.S. traffic deaths rose again in 2016 to an estimated 40,200, the highest number in a decade, according to figures compiled by the National Safety Council.
Takata ranks last in reputation among 100 most-visible companies in U.S.Tue, 21, Feb 2017
Troubled airbag supplier Takata took last place on a list ranking the reputations of the 100 most-visible companies in the U.S., landing in the “critical” score category, the Harris Poll said Tuesday.
Laws, enforcement can't stop distracted driving problemMon, 20, Feb 2017
Distracted driving, responsible for thousands of deaths annually worldwide, might not disappear unless every vehicle on the road is fully autonomous.
3-point belts protect middle seat riders, study findsMon, 20, Feb 2017
Three-point seat belts are effective at reducing fatalities for center rear seat passengers in cars and light trucks, a study shows. The benefit is more dramatic in passenger cars than in light trucks or SUVs.
Texting and driving bans and fines worldwideMon, 20, Feb 2017
Most U.S. states ban texting and driving, and about a third ban the use of any handheld device while driving. Similar bans exist worldwide, but punishments and guidelines can vary.
China buys auto suppliers as Takata deal loomsThu, 16, Feb 2017
Chinese companies started talking a decade ago about cracking the U.S. auto market. That hasn't happened, so instead they're getting under the hoods of American cars by buying up suppliers.
GM, Toyota call for easing of U.S. rules limiting self-driving carsMon, 13, Feb 2017
GM and Toyota officials plan to tell a U.S. House panel on Tuesday that automakers and suppliers need changes to automotive safety rules to allow the deployment of self-driving cars on American roads.
Volvo to recall 74,000 U.S. vehicles for seat belt riskTue, 08, Nov 2016
Volvo is recalling about 74,000 U.S. vehicles for an issue that might cause a seat belt to inadequately restrain passengers in a crash.
FTC sued over sale of certified used carsTue, 07, Feb 2017
The Center for Auto Safety and five other groups filed a lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission for allowing used cars to be advertised as "certified" or safe despite being the target of an outstanding safety recall.