Vehicle Safety

NHTSA expands Ford Fiesta door-latch probe to 2013 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding a September investigation of door-latch failure in the 2011-13 Ford Fiesta to include the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ....
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IIHS outruns NHTSA as pacesetter in safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
IIHS crash tests go beyond what's required by the government, and automakers have responded to the results by making substantial engineering changes quickly. Its access to insurance claim data allows it to see areas of unmet need in safety and identify solutions. The group's accolades are must-haves for automakers....
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Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions

3:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, humid regions....
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Senate bill would bar car registrations until recalls completed

4:16 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Car buyers in the United States would have to get most repairs subject to a recall performed before registering their vehicles under legislation being introduced by two Democratic senators concerned that too many defects are ignored....
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FCA recalls 2,211 Hellcats after fuel leak discovered

10:29 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is recalling its brand-new, top-end 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats after a dealer discovered a fuel leak on a car being delivered from the factory. The recall affects 2,211 vehicles....
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Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to the issue of airbags endangering lives they're designed to save....
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Hyundai recalls more than 200,000 Elantras over steering problem

8:14 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Hyundai is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering, the company said in a report filed with federal safety regulators....
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Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. The automaker also said it is recalling some 2015 models of the Chrysler 200 for issues that may prevent vehicles from shifting into park....
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Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests

10:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's troubled inflators on their behalf....
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GM gets 33 more claims for faulty ignition-switch compensation

11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
GM received another 33 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,345, according to the administrator of the company's compensation program....
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Daicel to build U.S. airbag inflator plant earlier than planned

6:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Daicel said it would build a second US factory for airbag inflators in early 2016, bringing forward original plans partly to meet automakers' demand for alternatives to potentially deadly inflators made by Takata....
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U.S. judge says he could narrow GM's bankruptcy defense in recall cases

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
A federal judge said if General Motors is found to have violated car owners' constitutional rights by hiding ignition-switch defects during its bankruptcy, he would consider narrowing the legal protections afforded the company under its 2009 bankruptcy sale....
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GM gets 75 more claims for compensation; 4 more death claims approved

1:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
General Motors received 75 claims for compensation for ignition-switch defects in its cars last week, bringing the total to 4,312, the official administering the compensation program said on Monday....
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Suppliers develop rear-seat airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
Airbag suppliers, which have developed an array of airbags, side curtains and knee bolsters to protect front-seat occupants, are starting to design a new generation of airbags for rear-seat passengers....
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Takata, plaintiffs tussle over access to airbag inflators for testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
Takata has amassed airbag inflators at the center of a big recall and product liability suits for testing under government oversight to find the root cause of the defect. The results are being shared with automakers. But lawyers for plaintiffs suing the suppliers question the arrangement and are pressing safety regulators to let other entities start testing....
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TRW seeks long-term business from Takata airbag customers

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
TRW Automotive is moving ahead with plans to produce replacement airbag inflators for Takata customers, but only for automakers willing to offer guarantees of long-term business....
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NICK BUNKLEY

Why you can't blame only GM for the Year of the Recall

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Don't blame General Motors for the Year of the Recall. At least not entirely. Sure, GM started it....
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Honda withdraws 2017 global sales target amid quality concerns

7:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Honda said it has scrapped its target of selling 6 million vehicles annually by 2017 because the pressure to reach the objective contributed to the quality lapses that led to record recalls last year....
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Takata sued by recyclers for lost airbag values

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
The Automotive Recyclers Association has filed a lawsuit against Takata, claiming that auto recyclers that wanted to salvage and resell Takata-made airbags will be unable to do so....
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Cars recalled in U.S. reached 64 million in 2014, NHTSA says

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Carmakers recalled about 64 million vehicles in the United States last year, more than double the previous record set in 2004, according to official government data....
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Senator's report cites cars' data security holes

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Connectivity technologies have made automobiles vulnerable to hackers who could gain control of vehicle functions or compromise the security of vehicle data, according to a report released today by a leading congressional voice on auto safety....
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GM extends top lawyer's stay as search for successor continues

8:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors said it has extended the tenure of its top lawyer, Michael Millikin, whose department was criticized over how it handled the issue of the automaker's defective ignition switch linked to more than 50 deaths, and the search for a replacement is ongoing....
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EDITORIAL

The goal must be 100% recall notification, repair

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
It's clear that the U.S. auto recall system failed Carlos Solis IV, who was killed in a car crash in January when he was struck by metal from a faulty air bag. It has failed others before. That's unacceptable....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

More thoughts on auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Crashes still kill more than 30,000 motorists annually and seriously injure as many. Keith Crain's Jan. 26 column, "Time to rethink auto safety," presented an aspect of what we should think about, but we are effectively driving blind: We have little timely detail on what is happening in crashes....
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Jaguar Land Rover to recall more than 104,000 SUVs, cars for brake, lighting glitches

10:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover North America will recall more than 104,000 SUVs and cars after NHTSA published three notices that highlighted safety concerns that could lead to faulty braking and lighting....
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