NHTSA

NHTSA said to seek voluntary recall, cybersecurity reforms from automakers

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

U.S. auto safety officials will meet with major automakers on Wednesday, seeking a voluntary agreement from the industry to improve recall completion rates, prevent vehicle cyber attacks and spot defects earlier, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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Fiat Chrysler fined $70 million by U.S. for failure to report safety data

10:47 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2015

Fiat Chrysler said today it will pay a $70 million fine for failing to report claims of death and injury to U.S. safety regulators. The fine comes after FCA told NHTSA in September that it had discovered “significant” under-reporting of crash deaths and injuries possibly linked to vehicle defects as required under the TREAD Act....
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Fiat Chrysler to pay $70 million U.S. auto safety fine, report says

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed to pay $70 million in fines to resolve a U.S. investigation that it failed to disclose vehicle crash death and injury reports, sources told Reuters today....
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U.S. proposes major changes to vehicle crash ratings

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

Federal regulators today proposed overhauling the government’s five-star vehicle safety ratings to add scores for crash avoidance technology and pedestrian protection and to incorporate a new test that measures performance in a frontal offset crash. The new system, which would allow vehicles to be scored in half-star increments for the first time, would be used on cars and trucks starting with the 2019 model year....
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JESSE SNYDER

Go above and beyond on safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Automakers have an opportunity to seize market leadership by championing more vehicle safety. Not just complying with rules but pushing to add more....
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U.S. highway bill would triple penalty cap on auto safety violations

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2015

The cap on civil penalties that can be levied by U.S. auto safety regulators would be tripled to $105 million under a five-year highway bill that passed the House today and appears likely to become law....
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DAVE VERSICAL

Drivers and cellphones: Unsafe at any speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Fifty years after the publication of Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a modern-day menace gets pinpointed by the nation’s highway traffic safety chief: distracted driving....
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U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars

10:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing....
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Hyundai to recall about 305,000 Sonatas in U.S. for brake pedal issues

11:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Hyundai plans to recall nearly 305,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace the brake pedal stopper pad, according to a posting on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website....
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Auto dealers poised for victory on recall provision in U.S. highway bill

7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

It was supposed to be the response by Congress to a historic string of auto safety lapses that rocked the industry. Instead, lawmakers are finalizing a highway bill that would let dealers sell used cars with outstanding safety recalls....
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EDITORIAL

NHTSA finally puts foot down on propellant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Federal regulators are taking over efforts to recall 19 million U.S. vehicles and replace 23 million potentially faulty airbag inflators. But they are going beyond that. Regulators also set a deadline for halting the use of ammonium nitrate as an airbag propellant....
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Kia recalls some 2014-16 Souls for steering glitch

11:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Kia is recalling 256,459 Soul subcompact crossovers in the U.S. for a problem that can lead to steering loss....
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U.S. senators seek to ensure Takata recall is completed

6:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Two influential U.S. senators, worried about Takata's ability to complete a recall of potentially deadly airbag inflators, sought regulatory guidance on how to hold the Japanese supplier accountable if its U.S. subsidiary goes bankrupt....
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U.S. House slashes proposed spending increases for auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Despite public outrage over deadly auto defects including faulty ignition switches and airbags inflators, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to slash proposed spending increases for vehicle safety including defect investigations....
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VW recalls 91,867 cars for potential braking problem

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

VW is recalling 91,867 cars for flaws that can lead to the loss of power braking. The recall covers Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat models from the 2015-16 model years, each with 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter gasoline engines...
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U.S. ultimatum to Takata could force more sweeping recall

6:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Takata's consent order with U.S. regulators contains an ultimatum whose consequences could be even more damaging than the $200 million penalty imposed on the company Tuesday: Prove that ammonium nitrate is a safe propellant for airbag inflators, or face a recall of every inflator it has ever made with the chemical....
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Takata agrees to pay $70 million fine for defective airbags

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Takata agreed to phase out its use of ammonium nitrate propellant in airbag inflators and pay a $70 million U.S. fine to resolve violations stemming from the supplier's airbag defect crisis....
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VW failed to report death, 3 injuries linked to vehicles to NHTSA

6:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Volkswagen failed to report at least one death and three injuries involving its vehicles to a U.S. regulator's database designed to save lives by spotting possible defects....
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Honda recalls some 2016 CR-Vs for exploding Takata airbag risk

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2015

Honda is recalling some 2016 models of the popular CR-V crossover because of a new, potentially deadly Takata airbag defect....
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GM says owners of fire-prone cars shouldn't park in garages

11:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

Owners of 1.4 million recalled GM cars should not park in garages and other structures because of fire risks, the automaker said today....
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Honda recalls more than 300,000 Accords in U.S. for airbag flaw

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

Honda is recalling 303,904 Accords in the U.S. to fix a software flaw that could lead to side-door airbags deploying even if the vehicles are not in a crash....
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Ford plans 3 recalls covering 131,000 vehicles

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

Ford Motor Co. plans three recalls covering nearly 131,000 vehicles, including the 2016 Mustang and older crossovers, for various defects....
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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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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Germany invites U.S. experts to observe diesel tests after VW scandal

Oct. 27, 2015 11:43 CET

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has invited U.S. experts to Germany to observe checks on vehicles with diesel engines ordered as a result of VW's emissions scandal....
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