Vehicle Safety

NHTSA chief scrambles to beat the clock

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In late 2014, Mark Rosekind had a choice: re-up for another five years on the National Transportation Safety Board or try to move the needle in two years as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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JESSE SNYDER

Rosekind extends a hand. Take it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind wants the U.S. auto industry and federal regulators to work together to make American roads safer. The auto industry should seize the offer....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dragging my feet and getting shamed into fixing a Jeep

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

FCA has been a nagging but well-meaning aunt, bugging me regularly to bring in an older Jeep Grand Cherokee for an inspection and possible update....
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Ex-GM engineer DeGiorgio acknowledges 'mistakes' made over ignition switch

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Jurors heard testimony from former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio, who approved a faulty ignition switch 12 years before its problems prompted a massive recall that came too late, according to lawyers for a man suing GM over injuries he suffered in a crash....
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Auto industry, U.S. regulators agree to historic measures to improve recalls

11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Department and 17 automakers pledged to work together on safety measures and to improve recalls while the companies also agreed to voluntarily work with the government to identify cybersecurity threats....
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Fiat Chrysler names first-ever 'safety advocate'

10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Fiat Chrysler said today that Kristen Kreibich will be its first-ever safety advocate, responsible for “promoting greater awareness” of auto safety....
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GM cites victim's painkillers in ignition-switch trial

10:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

The plaintiff's attorney in the bellwether federal trial over General Motors' flawed ignition switches says the automaker's "blame-the-victim" strategy is already on display in the early proceedings....
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GM concealed ignition-switch defect, U.S. jurors told in 'bellwether' trial

4:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

GM should pay for concealing an ignition-switch defect from its customers that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths, a lawyer for an Oklahoma man injured in a car crash told a Manhattan jury today....
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FCA's Marchionne meets with NHTSA's Rosekind after $175 million in fines in 2015

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Fiat Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been doing a $175 million dance with each other for the last six months over years of safety regulation violations....
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Autonomous vehicle architects begin to contemplate the human inside

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Automakers and suppliers busily developing hardware and software for autonomous cars are more focused than ever ensuring that humans feel their lives are truly getting better with rising automation....
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Autonomous vehicles will be safer, not perfect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

The self-driving car is likely to make mistakes from time to time, just as humans do, says the head of Toyota's new research institute. But overall, autonomous vehicles will be significantly safer than cars controlled by humans....
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Crash rates for self-driving cars less than conventional cars, study says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Self-driving cars are involved in fewer crashes on average than vehicles with a driver behind the wheel, a study released today by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows....
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Mazda recalls 374,000 vehicles for Takata airbag defects

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Mazda said it will recall 374,000 U.S. vehicles linked to potentially defective front passenger-side airbags made by Takata Corp....
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GM faces first ignition-switch court trials

6:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

General Motors next week faces the first of hundreds of court trials demanding that the automaker pay for the deaths of loved ones or injuries ranging from broken bones to paralysis. The raft of trials, scattered across the country, begins Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Today's safe cars: Too much nanny-tech?

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Automakers like to boast that they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. But the latest safety technology treats all drivers as worst cases. That gets irritating....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Volvo's S90 will (just about) handle the driving on highway trips

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

When the 2017 Volvo S90 goes on sale late this year, you'll barely have to even drive it....
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GM has no plans for 'over-the-air' upgrades on safety systems

10:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

GM will not use 'over-the-air' upgrades, a way of remotely updating software on its vehicles, for safety-critical vehicle systems such as brakes, the automaker's product development chief said on Wednesday....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Another giant enters the ring of autonomous-car suppliers

11:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Another major auto supplier is preparing to jump into the autonomous car race: Autoliv, the world’s biggest maker of airbags and seat belts....
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Honda confirms ninth death linked to Takata airbags

9:14 am U.S. ET | Jan. 1, 2016

Honda confirmed that a Takata airbag inflator ruptured in a July crash of a Honda Accord and likely led to the death of the young driver, the ninth death in the world linked to the faulty inflators....
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GM fails to avert first ignition-switch U.S. trial

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2015

A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected General Motors' bid to dismiss the first so-called "bellwether" case over defective ignition switches in its vehicles, clearing the way for a Jan. 11 trial....
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GUEST BLOG

BLOG: Why suppliers need to take action on recall risks

9:13 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2015

In the past few years, major auto recalls have gone from the occasional front-page news story to what one consultant recently called the industry's “new normal.”...
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Ferrari recalls 185 California T vehicles due to fuel leak risk

8:25 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2015

Ferrari North America is recalling some 2016 California T vehicles due to the risk of a fuel leak in the engine compartment, according to a U.S. notice on Friday....
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Fiat Chrysler recalling 570,000 SUVs for fire risks

7:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will recall 570,000 SUVs for fire risks in two campaigns linked to problems with vanity mirror wiring and a low-pressure hose....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Latest airbag death shows flaw in U.S. recall system

8:58 am U.S. ET | Dec. 24, 2015

The latest fatality linked to a Takata airbag -- eight have occurred in the U.S. -- highlights a flawed recall system that all-too-often fails to lead to critical repairs and can take years to complete....
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Honda scolded Takata as deadly airbag crisis unfolded in U.S.

10:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2015

Four months before U.S. regulators started their investigation, Honda executives sat down with Shigehisa Takada, the head of Takata, to scold him for the way the manufacturer reacted to the crisis over its potentially deadly airbags, according to minutes of the meeting....
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