Safety Equipment

Senate introduces bill clamping down on vehicle defects

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

New vehicles would be required to have a dashboard warning light to tell drivers that their vehicles have been recalled under a sweeping auto safety reform bill backed a trio of Democrat U.S. senators....
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Measure to permit more rental cars under recall draws fire

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

A U.S. Senate panel unveiled a plan to roll back protections consumers get when renting cars with potentially lethal safety defects, an approach a safety advocate called a step backward....
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65,844 Land Rovers recalled for doors, sunroofs that can fly open

10:15 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 65,844 Land Rover SUVs for doors and sunroofs that can fly open while the vehicle is in motion, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said....
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Hyundai recalls 140,000 Sonatas in North America over seat belt concerns

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Hyundai said it is recalling about 140,000 Sonata mid-sized sedans in the U.S. and Canada due to potential defects in the front passenger seat belt buckle....
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Nissan says Takata airbag caused fire in Japan crash

6:31 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

Nissan said an airbag made by Takata Corp. installed in one of its cars had deployed with too much force and caused a fire in a light crash in Japan, marking the automaker's first such case in the country....
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Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving....
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Takata, Autoliv named in Brazil price-fixing probe

8:39 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Brazil's antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into a suspected cartel involving local units of Japanese auto parts maker Takata and Swedish-American rival Autoliv, citing potential price collusion in safety belts, airbags and steering wheels....
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Toyota finds airbags are in demand on world's deadliest roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

For many years, carmakers have been loath to make airbags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. But Toyota has found that customers don't mind paying more for safety on the world's deadliest roads....
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EDITORIAL

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. Improving NHTSA will take work, but the basics are simple....
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Honda restates earnings after airbag recall costs increase

6:29 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Honda restated its financial results for the fiscal year ended in March, to account for additional costs to cover an expanded recall of cars equipped with Takata airbags....
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Takata cuts CEO's pay in wake of airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada earned less than 100 million yen ($810,373) in the business year ended in March, or less than half of the 206 million yen ($1.67 million) he took home in the previous year, a regulatory filing showed today....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Removing the fear when passing a big rig

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around....
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NHTSA, blasted in audit, vows to reform early-warning system

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will tighten its early-warning reporting requirements by next June as part of sweeping changes it has agreed to make following a blistering audit by the U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General....
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EDITORIAL

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety....
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U.S. audit finds NHTSA hobbled by systemic, staff shortcomings

7:30 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

NHTSA is beset with longstanding, systemic operating problems that have undermined the agency's ability to adequately police auto safety for years, an audit of the agency shows. The report, by the Department of Transportation's inspector general, also found the agency failed for more than a decade to uncover the GM ignition switch defect, which is now linked to more than 100 deaths....
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Honda confirms 8th fatality from exploded Takata airbag

6:34 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Honda confirmed an eighth fatal victim of a ruptured Takata airbag inflator after completing the investigation of a September crash in Los Angeles....
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Fiat Chrysler recall failings detailed by regulators, report says

7:44 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

U.S. auto safety regulators have "tentatively concluded" that FCA did not adequately remedy safety defects in a timely manner, notify car owners of recalls or keep federal officials informed about ongoing issues, according to an official document seen by Reuters on Wednesday....
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Few vehicles offer easy child restraint installation, IIHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Only three vehicles for the 2015 model year, out of more than 100, feature easy-to-use child restraint installation hardware, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today....
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Honda recalls 1.39 million vehicles for passenger airbag flaw

5:31 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

American Honda said it will recall about 1.39 million vehicles with faulty passenger-side airbags made by Takata....
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 114

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 114 deaths, three more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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Daimler to recall 40,000 vans in U.S. to replace faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2015

Daimler made 40,061 vans from 2005-08 with airbags that must be replaced, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said....
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Honda confirms 7th death from Takata airbags

2:03 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

American Honda confirmed today that a Takata airbag explosion was behind the April death of a Louisiana woman, bringing the number of deaths linked to defective airbags from Takata to seven....
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Honda will take further charges of $363 million for Takata airbag recalls

7:14 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Honda said it would restate its financial results for the last business year, to account for $363 million in additional costs to pay for an expanded recall of cars equipped with Takata airbag parts....
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