Vehicle Safety

FCA to recall 88,346 Dodge Challengers for Takata airbags

9:23 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 88,346 Dodge Challengers to fix a flaw with the driver-side frontal airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Takata rejects U.S. senator's call for airbag victim fund

6:29 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Takata, the Japanese auto supplier at the center of a global safety crisis, rejected a U.S. senator's request to set up a fund that would compensate people injured or killed by its airbags....
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Senate introduces bill clamping down on vehicle defects

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

New vehicles would be required to have a dashboard warning light to tell drivers that their vehicles have been recalled under a sweeping auto safety reform bill backed a trio of Democrat U.S. senators....
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GM recalls 779,023 SUVs for lift gate defect; 56 injuries reported

10:28 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

General Motors is recalling 779,023 SUVs globally, including 686,287 in North America, for gas struts on power lift gates that can prematurely wear, causing the gate to fall on people....
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Measure to permit more rental cars under recall draws fire

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

A U.S. Senate panel unveiled a plan to roll back protections consumers get when renting cars with potentially lethal safety defects, an approach a safety advocate called a step backward....
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Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving....
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Smartphonelike car displays challenge safety policymakers

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smartphones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea?...
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Toyota finds airbags are in demand on world's deadliest roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

For many years, carmakers have been loath to make airbags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. But Toyota has found that customers don't mind paying more for safety on the world's deadliest roads....
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Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Ford is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules....
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GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims

6:54 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for at least 119 deaths....
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EDITORIAL

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. Improving NHTSA will take work, but the basics are simple....
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Ford F-150 pickups draw NHTSA scrutiny

1:31 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Some Ford F-150 pickups from the 2011-12 model years are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible defect that could cause loss of power-brake assist....
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Delphi, Google deny report saying self-driving cars nearly collided

10:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Delphi Automotive and Google denied a report by Reuters that their self-driving prototype cars had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week....
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Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today....
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Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in U.S. for possible brake failure

8:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Subaru is recalling 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the U.S. because the automatic pre-collision braking part of the driver-assist system could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to documents posted online by federal safety regulators....
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BLOG: Removing the fear when passing a big rig

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around....
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EDITORIAL

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety....
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U.S. audit finds NHTSA hobbled by systemic, staff shortcomings

7:30 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

NHTSA is beset with longstanding, systemic operating problems that have undermined the agency's ability to adequately police auto safety for years, an audit of the agency shows. The report, by the Department of Transportation's inspector general, also found the agency failed for more than a decade to uncover the GM ignition switch defect, which is now linked to more than 100 deaths....
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Honda confirms 8th fatality from exploded Takata airbag

6:34 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Honda confirmed an eighth fatal victim of a ruptured Takata airbag inflator after completing the investigation of a September crash in Los Angeles....
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NHTSA compiles Takata recall data from automakers

10:13 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Automakers affected by the Takata airbag inflator recall have loaded the ID numbers of millions of recalled vehicles into a searchable system, allowing consumers and government officials to examine the data, U.S. safety regulators said on Wednesday....
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Few vehicles offer easy child restraint installation, IIHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Only three vehicles for the 2015 model year, out of more than 100, feature easy-to-use child restraint installation hardware, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today....
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Toyota recalls 1.37M more vehicles for airbags

2:14 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Toyota said it will increase the number of U.S. recalls involving potentially deadly front passenger-side airbags made by Takata by almost 1.37 million vehicles....
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 114

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 114 deaths, three more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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Daimler to recall 40,000 vans in U.S. to replace faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2015

Daimler made 40,061 vans from 2005-08 with airbags that must be replaced, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said....
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CarMax criticized for selling cars with open recalls

1:45 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

CarMax is under attack from consumer activist groups in California after a study found vehicles with open safety recalls for sale at two of its stores in the state....
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