Safety Equipment

Hitachi Automotive readies new autonomous driving technology

10:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Hitachi Automotive Systems is readying a suite of new autonomous driving technologies, including a no-hands self-parking function it plans to market in 2016. The systems, unveiled last week at the supplier’s proving ground in northern Japan, entail precrash braking, advanced adaptive cruise control and vehicle stability control for electric vehicles....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 27

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A program to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has approved three new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 27, according to a report released today by the lawyer overseeing the program....
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Voice controls, electronic assistants can overwhelm drivers, AAA research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Systems such as Apple's Siri electronic assistant, which automakers started installing in vehicles in 2013, may be as mentally taxing as the buttons and knobs they replace, research released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests....
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THE GM RECALL

GM recalls 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police cars

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
General Motors is recalling 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles from the 2011-13 model years for a problem with the gear shifter that could allow the car to roll away while in park....
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Chrysler recalls cargo vans due to inadvertent airbag deployments

8:22 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Chrysler is recalling about 22,100 small cargo vans because of inadvertent side airbag deployments, the company and federal safety regulators said today....
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Airbag flaw snags GM pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The high-profile launch of General Motors' new midsize pickup trucks hit an early snag last week as GM told dealers to halt deliveries because of a pending safety recall to fix an airbag wiring defect....
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Lincoln MKS, BMW 5 struggle in small-overlap crash test

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Luxury sedans from BMW and Lincoln were the worst performers in the most recent batch of vehicles subjected to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's challenging small-overlap crash test....
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Takata airbag recall may expand to include GM vehicles

5:47 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
The regional recall of millions of U.S. vehicles with potentially defective airbags made by Takata may be expanded to include GM models, according to documents filed this week with U.S. regulators....
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Chrysler recalls nearly 350,000 vehicles from 2008 to fix ignition switches

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Chrysler is recalling an estimated 349,442 vehicles from the 2008 model year to fix an ignition switch problem. The automaker says it will correct conditions that may cause ignition keys to become stuck or inadvertently move. The vehicles were produced before May 12, 2008....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21, Feinberg says

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report today from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part....
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END OF FENDER BENDERS

Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain....
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GM issues 2 recalls, stop-sale orders for 2015 Corvettes

8:58 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors is issuing two more recalls, both on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, according to stop-delivery orders sent to dealers today. The recalls, GM's first in more than a month, bring its total number for the year to 67....
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Toyota recalling 130,000 Tundras for airbag issue

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Toyota recalling 130,000 2014 Tundra pickup trucks in the United States to correct a problem with side airbags, the automaker's sales arm said today....
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Toyota to add active safety tech to entire U.S. lineup by 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Toyota Division plans to adopt accident-avoidance features throughout its U.S. lineup by 2017, said Bill Fay, Toyota Division's general manager....
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'Smarter' cars still looking for direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
The car of the future, as it's being developed today, is a rolling Internet hot spot, a node on a vast network of vehicles, a high-speed mobile computer capable of analyzing its surroundings in a blink and making precise, split-second decisions in response....
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THE GM RECALL

GM, NHTSA discussed Saturn Vue key-pullout 3 times before recall

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
General Motors, before recalling more than 200,000 Saturn Vues with ignition problems last month, discussed the issue with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration three times beginning in mid-June, documents revealed today show....
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Automakers, suppliers fund research toward cars that talk to each other

11:07 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said today....
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Hong Kong firm acquires majority stake in supplier Key Safety Systems

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Hong Kong private equity firm FountainVest Partners completed a deal to become the majority shareholder in automotive safety products supplier Key Safety Systems. The deal could be worth as much as $800 million, a Bloomberg report out of China said in April....
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THE GM RECALL

GM expands website for owners of recalled vehicles

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
General Motors' website for owners of its vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches has been expanded to include all 20 models involved, the automaker said....
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U.S. details plans for car-to-car safety communications

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
After more than a decade of research into car-to-car communications, federal auto safety regulators took a step forward today by unveiling their plan for requiring cars to have wireless gear that will enable them to warn drivers of danger....
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Hacking group wants to play nice with automakers

7:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
A group of well-known hackers and security professionals are trying to build better ties with the auto industry and to enlist their help in improving vehicle security, one of the hottest areas of cyber research....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving cars will still need human help

10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving....
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Takata forecasts record $235 million loss on airbag recall

7:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Takata, the Japanese maker of faulty airbags causing millions of recalled vehicles this year, forecast a record annual loss on the callbacks....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Software is key to sizzling active safety market, Delphi exec says

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The $14 billion global market for collision avoidance and driver assistance is expected to grow about 25 percent a year -- a growth rate that has established active safety as one of the auto industry's hottest segments....
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Subaru recalls 5,000 older models over Takata airbags

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Subaru of America said it is recalling about 5,000 older-model cars with passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata that may rupture and break into metal fragments that could harm passengers....
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