Vehicle Safety

FCA U.S. safety and regulatory chief Scott Kunselman to retire Nov. 30

10:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The executive who served as the face of Fiat Chrysler in its latest travails with U.S. safety regulators and Congress will retire next month. Scott Kunselman, 52, FCA's senior vice president of vehicle safety and regulatory affairs, will retire Nov. 30 after 30 years with the automaker and its corporate predecessors, the company said today....
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FCA recalls 66,000 Ram 1500s and 75,000 Jeep Cherokees to fix potential hazards

8:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler said it is recalling more than 140,000 light trucks and SUVs in two voluntary recalls to address potential safety concerns....
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GM to recall 1.4 million older vehicles after engine fires

10:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

General Motors is recalling 1.4 million older vehicles in its third major attempt to fix a defect that can cause the engine to catch fire....
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Volkswagen testing Takata airbags as U.S. weighs wider recalls

9:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Volkswagen said it is collecting Takata airbags from its vehicles for testing and told the U.S. regulator that getting replacement parts would take more than a year if recalls are expanded....
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Maserati recalls some $141,500 Quattroportes due to fire risk

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2015

Maserati North America is recalling some of its 2014 Quattroporte GTS V8 sedans because of the potential for an engine compartment fire or stalling in the $141,500 luxury sedan capable of speeds as much as 190 miles per hour....
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Former U.S. transportation chief Slater picked to monitor FCA safety efforts

4:27 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tabbed former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater as the independent monitor for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as part of the company's agreement to improve how it monitors recall and safety issues....
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VW will audit compliance with U.S. death reporting law

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

Volkswagen AG, which reported death and injury claims at the lowest rate of any major automaker in the U.S. in the last decade, agreed to an independent audit of its compliance with a law requiring timely reporting of those claims....
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Voice commands can distract drivers even after they're done using them, study finds

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

Drivers can remain distracted for up to 27 seconds after using voice commands on their phones or in-vehicle infotainment systems, research conducted for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found....
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Republicans defend carbon credits as incentive for auto safety

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2015

House Republicans today defended an industry-backed legislative proposal that would award automakers credits against federal pollution standards for adopting advanced collision-avoidance technology in cars and other light vehicles....
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U.S. regulators warn against Republican auto safety proposals

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

Republican proposals to improve U.S. auto safety came under fire on Tuesday from federal regulators, who warned that proposed changes to current rules would erode consumer safety and give automakers control over the public disclosure of safety recalls....
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Kia recalls 377,000 Sorento crossovers for transmission glitch

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2015

Kia is recalling 377,000 Sorentos because of a transmission glitch that can cause the crossover to roll while parked....
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U.S. House panel proposes sweeping reforms for recalls, fuel economy, emissions, cybersecurity

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Automakers would earn credits for meeting fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions targets by installing crash-avoidance and connected-car technologies on new vehicles under a broad set of safety reforms proposed by staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee....
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Blazing a trail to self-driving cars

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

Most folks in the auto industry can see the promise of self-driving vehicles. The tricky part is a vision of how to get there....
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GM to recall 31,685 SUVs in North America

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

General Motors said it would recall 31,685 SUVs in North America to repair a manufacturing defect in the windshield wiper motor that may overheat....
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Ford touts driving technology for scary L.A. traffic conditions

7:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Ford took its mobility technology road show to L.A. on Monday, touting semi-autonomous driving features in a city known for its scary driving conditions....
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As times change, it's time to do better

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

Following last year's record number of safety recalls and now Volkswagen's emissions testing debacle, one thing has become clear: The auto industry needs to adopt higher standards for conducting business....
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NHTSA upgrades probe of Ford police interceptor for brake failure

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

NHTSA upgraded an investigation of 20,275 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles over sudden brake failures....
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Bosch, Conti, ZF, others drawn to booming market for driver-assistance tech

Oct. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The auto industry's adoption of driver-assistance systems is looking like a gold rush. This year, global sales of the radar, cameras, controllers and software used for the technology will total $10.6 billion, analysts say. By 2020, they expect that figure to double....
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Ford recalls new F-150s for cruise control glitch, older Windstars for rear axle problem

11:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Ford Motor is recalling about 37,000 of the current-generation F-150s because the adaptive cruise control can be fooled by other trucks on the road and 342,000 Windstar minivans for possible cracking in the rear axle....
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Driver-assist systems could save about 10,000 U.S. lives a year, study says

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

New auto safety technologies such as automatic braking and sensors that keep a car in its lane could prevent almost 10,000 U.S. road deaths a year and save $251 billion if they were more widely available, according to a Boston Consulting Group study....
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Fiat Chrysler says it under-reported death, injury claims

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has found “significant” under-reporting of deaths and injuries possibly linked to safety defects in its vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today....
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Porsche sued by Paul Walker's daughter over fatal accident

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

The daughter of Paul Walker, Meadow Walker, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against defendants Porsche Cars of North America and Beverly Hills Porsche, the Los Angeles Times reports....
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A more cooperative safety approach supplements rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Ten automakers voluntarily agreeing to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature is a blueprint for a more cooperative approach to improving auto safety for manufacturers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and independent watchdogs. This approach should only supplement normal rule making, but the benefits are worthwhile....
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Criminal charges still possible for some GM employees, U.S. says

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

Federal prosecutors today announced a $900 million fine against General Motors and said they have ruled out criminal charges against some -- but not all -- of the 15 GM employees fired in connection with last year’s ignition-switch recall....
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GM sets aside $575 million for death and injury settlements

9:59 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

GM said it will take a $575 million charge in the third quarter to settle 1,380 death and injury claims related to 2014 recalls, as well as a class-action lawsuit filed by shareholders....
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