Vehicle Safety

Senate passes bill raising automaker fines to $105M

4:29 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that will triple the maximum fines automakers pay for violations of motor-vehicle safety laws yet bypassed other measures sought by consumer groups....
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GM recalls 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans over sunroof issue

4:49 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

General Motors is recalling 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans and issuing a stop sale on the vehicle for issues with the power sunroof. GM already had recalled 67,000 ATS sedans in February for the same issue....
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VW rolls out crash avoidance with '16 lineup

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Volkswagen, catching up to its luxury siblings, will offer sensor-based safety features across nearly its entire U.S. lineup for model year 2016....
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New test shows disparities in Ford F-150 crash protection

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

After a follow-up test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Ford "shortchanges" some buyers of its redesigned 2015 F-150 pickups by equipping certain models with protective steel bars while leaving them off others. In response, Ford said it will add "countermeasures" to improve crash-test performance....
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GM ignition-switch spin battle reignites with plaintiffs' lawyer

6:28 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

General Motors may face a renewed media campaign over what a key opponent called its “false narrative” about recalls of cars with defective ignition switches. GM lost a bid to stop lawyers from circulating information about the recalls, obtained ahead of a January trial....
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Jeep fuel-tank fire death verdict slashed to $40 million

4:46 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

A judge in Georgia has reduced a $150 million award to $40 million for the family of a young boy killed when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames, according to orders released on Tuesday....
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Fiat Chrysler under tighter scrutiny after record NHTSA penalty

4:10 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of close oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of pickup trucks as part of a far-reaching consent agreement to settle a U.S. government probe into 23 safety recalls since 2009....
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Hack attack vs. FCA shows flaws with rush to connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

By the time it was publicized last week that hackers managed to take over a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler had posted an urgent security patch on its website and was scrambling to further lock down the system. But the industry's response is only now ramping up, as automakers come to terms with the implications of building devices that increasingly function as networked computers on wheels....
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FCA pact gives broad powers to NHTSA monitor

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's consent agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles grants sweeping powers to an independent monitor tasked with overseeing the company's safety operations, deepening the federal government's role in direct oversight over individual automakers....
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Fiat Chrysler hit with record $105 million U.S. penalty over recalls

4:30 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of additional oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of vehicles as part of a sweeping consent agreement to settle a U.S. government probe into 23 recalls since 2009. The overall potential civil penalty of $105 million marks the largest imposed by NHTSA....
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.7 million trucks for faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling about 1.7 million late model Ram trucks to replace airbags that may deploy inadvertently....
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FCA's anti-hacking recall marks industry milestone

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's recall of about 1.4 million cars and trucks equipped with radios that are vulnerable to hacking is the first formal safety campaign in response to a cybersecurity threat....
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The company previously only advised owners to download a software patch or take their vehicle to a dealer to have it installed....
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Chevrolet plans low-cost pedestrian avoidance on Malibu

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

GM is introducing a pedestrian-avoidance system on the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the latest example of active-safety features proliferating on mainstream vehicles. GM said Friday it will offer 22 active safety systems across its brands for the 2016 model year....
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Honda's freshened Accord gets new smartphone, safety tech for 2016

5:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Honda unveiled a midlife update for its midsize Accord, a lightly freshened model that will play nice with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2016 Accord sedan and coupe will also offer the Honda Sensing suite of autonomous safety features....
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FCA recalls 144,416 Dodge Journeys to secure engine cover

3:53 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling an estimated 144,416 Dodge Journey models in the U.S. to better secure their engine covers....
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Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV....
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U.S. Senate weighs highway bill with modest safety reforms

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

A six-year highway funding bill considered by the Senate would provide a path for safety regulators to impose bigger fines on automakers and take limited steps to address loopholes in the nation's auto recall system, but it falls short of some stricter measures sought by Democratic lawmakers....
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GM ignition switch review approves 3 more injuries

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Three more minor injuries have been linked to General Motors' defective ignition switches, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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FCA consent order would be ‘a strong outcome,’ NHTSA chief says

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind says the agency is talking with Fiat Chrysler about a settlement to a dispute over the automaker’s handling of recalls, but hasn’t yet reached an agreement....
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Private tracks best venue to test self-driving cars, key U.S. senator says

3:16 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Self-driving cars would be "better" tested on private test tracks than on public roads, said a U.S. senator who has authored several bills on advanced vehicle technologies, after Google disclosed injuries in its latest accident involving a prototype....
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Former GM researcher, auto safety expert Donald Friedman dies at 88

1:14 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Donald Friedman, a former General Motors researcher and auto safety consultant, died last month in Southern California. He was 88....
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Honda used airbag inflators made by ARC as probe widens

6:39 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Honda, the automaker worst affected by the global safety crisis involving defective airbags, said it had used inflators made by a second company under investigation in the U.S. for suspected flaws....
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Senate panel reverses course on rentals of recalled vehicles

9:26 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

A Senate panel killed a proposal to permit companies to continue renting vehicles that have been recalled, a measure criticized by consumer groups, automakers and even some rental-car companies....
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Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future....
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