Safety Equipment

Takata recall to be expanded to 5 million more vehicles; Ford airbag fatality reported

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

U.S. regulators announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags, covering some automakers not previously affected by one of the biggest auto safety recalls in U.S. history....
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NHTSA chief vows action this year on cybersecurity

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The nation's top auto safety regulator said his agency will take action this year to address automotive cybersecurity issues, as the spread of connectivity technologies threatens to expose vehicles to new paths of attack....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dragging my feet and getting shamed into fixing a Jeep

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

FCA has been a nagging but well-meaning aunt, bugging me regularly to bring in an older Jeep Grand Cherokee for an inspection and possible update....
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Auto industry, U.S. regulators agree to historic measures to improve recalls

11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Department and 17 automakers pledged to work together on safety measures and to improve recalls while the companies also agreed to voluntarily work with the government to identify cybersecurity threats....
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Fiat Chrysler names first-ever 'safety advocate'

10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Fiat Chrysler said today that Kristen Kreibich will be its first-ever safety advocate, responsible for “promoting greater awareness” of auto safety....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

NHTSA's Rosekind steps up call for proactive safety culture

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

After another year of massive recalls and record fines imposed on automakers, Mark Rosekind doubled down on his push for the auto industry to take up a more proactive approach to vehicle safety....
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GM unveils technology to help avoid child heatstroke deaths

2:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

GM said it will introduce a new safety system to remind drivers to check for children in the rear seats, and that it could eventually develop features to detect forgotten children....
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FCA's Marchionne meets with NHTSA's Rosekind after $175 million in fines in 2015

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Fiat Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been doing a $175 million dance with each other for the last six months over years of safety regulation violations....
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ZF TRW expects to become No. 2 producer of airbag inflators

8:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

ZF TRW Automotive, the world's third-largest producer of airbag inflators, expects to overtake Takata as the world's No. 2 supplier as it wins new contracts from Takata's former customers....
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Mazda recalls 374,000 vehicles for Takata airbag defects

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Mazda said it will recall 374,000 U.S. vehicles linked to potentially defective front passenger-side airbags made by Takata Corp....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Today's safe cars: Too much nanny-tech?

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Automakers like to boast that they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. But the latest safety technology treats all drivers as worst cases. That gets irritating....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Volvo's S90 will (just about) handle the driving on highway trips

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

When the 2017 Volvo S90 goes on sale late this year, you'll barely have to even drive it....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Another giant enters the ring of autonomous-car suppliers

11:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Another major auto supplier is preparing to jump into the autonomous car race: Autoliv, the world’s biggest maker of airbags and seat belts....
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Nissan says it’s not considering giving aid to Takata

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Nissan said today it was not planning to offer financial support to Takata, the airbag maker at the center of a massive global recall of faulty inflators....
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EDITORIAL

Enjoy good times, and keep an eye on the road ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

It is easy to look back at a robust 2015 across much of the auto industry and conclude that the same good fortunes also must lie ahead in 2016....
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Honda confirms ninth death linked to Takata airbags

9:14 am U.S. ET | Jan. 1, 2016

Honda confirmed that a Takata airbag inflator ruptured in a July crash of a Honda Accord and likely led to the death of the young driver, the ninth death in the world linked to the faulty inflators....
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Ferrari recalls 185 California T vehicles due to fuel leak risk

8:25 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2015

Ferrari North America is recalling some 2016 California T vehicles due to the risk of a fuel leak in the engine compartment, according to a U.S. notice on Friday....
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2015 LISTS OF 10

The biggest auto industry blunders of 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2015

From Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal to Ford's F-150 crash-test do-over, we look back at the 10 biggest blunders of 2015....
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Fiat Chrysler recalling 570,000 SUVs for fire risks

7:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will recall 570,000 SUVs for fire risks in two campaigns linked to problems with vanity mirror wiring and a low-pressure hose....
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Honda scolded Takata as deadly airbag crisis unfolded in U.S.

10:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2015

Four months before U.S. regulators started their investigation, Honda executives sat down with Shigehisa Takada, the head of Takata, to scold him for the way the manufacturer reacted to the crisis over its potentially deadly airbags, according to minutes of the meeting....
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U.S. says 8th U.S. death linked to Takata airbag rupture

11:26 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today that an eighth U.S. death is linked to a faulty Takata airbag inflator, marking the first reported death since April and ninth death worldwide....
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Human drivers are bumping into driverless cars and exposing a key flaw

7:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2015

The self-driving car, that cutting-edge creation that's supposed to lead to a world without accidents, is achieving the exact opposite right now: The vehicles have racked up a crash rate double that of those with human drivers....
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Takata airbag crisis having broader sales impact, report says

6:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2015

The crisis involving Takata's defective airbags has started to hurt demand for its steering wheels, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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GM fund approves $594.5 million in ignition claims

5:28 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2015

General Motors' independent fund set up to compensate victims of accidents involving faulty ignition switches said it awarded $594.5 million and approved 399 death and injury claims....
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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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