Safety Equipment

Nissan's prototype Leaf tests new autonomous technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

Nissan, aiming to put autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020, has unveiled its latest prototype, a sensor-laden Leaf electric vehicle that can change lanes, pass cars and merge onto and off of highway by itself. The system previews a new technology called Piloted Drive 1.0 that Nissan says it will offer in Japan by the end of next year....
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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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More automakers will be included in Takata airbag probe, NHTSA says

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

U.S. regulators signaled that their investigation into Takata airbag inflators will expand beyond 11 automakers, amid signs that vehicle design could play a role in whether the devices pose a deadly risk to the public....
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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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New Acura ad campaign gets personal about safety

10:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2015

In a new safety-themed commercial, Acura wants to show that crash tests aren't emotionless tasks. The spot, which begins airing nationally on Sunday, follows an Acura engineer as he preps for a test by delicately placing four lifelike dummies -- who are actually actors -- into the MDX crossover....
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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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Toyota unveils self-driving safety tech

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

Toyota, aiming to deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020, will deploy technology this year that allows vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind-spots, warn of changing lights and keep a safe distance from other cars....
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Autoliv expanding into crash prevention tech

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

Autoliv Inc., the world's top producer of airbags and seat belts, is trying to muscle its way into the small fraternity of mega-suppliers that design collision-avoidance systems for autonomous cars....
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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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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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BLOG: Honda's LaneWatch is distracting, unnecessary -- and an opportunity for dealers

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

Some of today's automotive technology is unneeded and, in some cases, more hindrance than helpful. Case in point: Honda's LaneWatch technology....
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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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Toyota recalls 423,500 RAV4s in U.S. for windshield wipers issue

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

Toyota Motor Sales USA said it would recall about 423,500 RAV4 SUVs in the United States for an issue related to windshield wipers....
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Honda targets Europe's finest compacts with ambitious remake of Civic

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Honda, borrowing from the playbooks of Europe's top luxury compacts, has overhauled the Civic from top to bottom in a bid to re-establish its small-car chops. The redesigned Civic will offer a Christmas list of high-end features and engineering specs that are rare for its class....
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Ford power-steering investigation ended by NHTSA

9:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

A U.S. investigation into about 848,600 Ford vehicles for loss of power steering has ended, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said....
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NHTSA calls for hearing on Takata airbag recalls

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a public hearing next month on its effort to coordinate the Takata airbag inflator recalls affecting nearly 20 million vehicles in the United States....
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AutoNation grounds vehicles under recall

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

AutoNation will stop selling vehicles with open recalls on them. The policy will be costly, and the company estimates it will ground 5-10 percent of its inventory at any given time. But it's the right thing to do for customers, CEO Mike Jackson says....
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Nissan to recall 300,000 small cars; NHTSA upgrades investigation into seat sensors

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Nissan North America is recalling nearly 300,000 small cars over concerns that an interior trim panel near the accelerator pedal could trap a driver's foot, possibly causing unwanted acceleration or delaying braking....
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Takata settles U.S. patent infringement case for airbag sensors

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Two units of Japanese auto supplier Takata are settling a six-year patent infringement dispute with International Electronics & Engineering and its Detroit area subsidiary for $1.1 million....
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U.S. drops estimates for vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags by 36%

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

U.S. auto safety regulators now believe about 19.2 million U.S. vehicles are covered by the recalls for Takata airbag inflators that can explode in a crash, 36 percent fewer than were thought earlier this summer to carry the defective parts....
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FCA recalls 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokees to fix windshield wiper defect

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because of a defect that could cause windshield wipers to stop working....
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Ten automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ten of the world's biggest automakers were sued today by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from millions of vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions....
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Acura, Mercedes, Mazda get top rating in IIHS collision prevention tests

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Acura, Mercedes and Mazda made an impressive showing in the most recent IIHS testing of vehicles with front collision prevention technology. More than a dozen of the 19 vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned a “superior” rating -- the highest rating offered in this test....
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Jeep Grand Cherokee being probed by NHTSA for rollaway risk

11:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

An estimated 408,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are the subject of a preliminary NHTSA investigation after drivers complained that newer models rolled away after being put in park....
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