Safety Equipment

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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Confusion clouds count of cars hit by Takata airbag recall

6:35 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

The number of vehicles on U.S. roads with potentially defective Takata airbags appears to be less than half the 34 million initially estimated by federal regulators. Reuters analysed recall records submitted to the watchdog and confirmed by the car companies....
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Honda driver's death in La. may be 7th from recalled Takata airbags

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

A Louisiana woman who got an airbag recall notice for her 2005 Honda Civic two days after the crash that killed her may be the seventh fatality linked to the defective Takata safety device....
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EDITORIAL

Takata opens up, and it's terrifying

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

The deeper investigators dig into the Takata airbag recall, the worse it gets....
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NHTSA takes charge; Takata plays second fiddle

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

Last month's consent decree between NHTSA and Takata has already changed the course and pace of what will be one of the largest and most complex recalls in U.S. history....
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Google plans driverless-car reports after 2nd accident in a week

2:34 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Google plans to release monthly reports on its self-driving cars, part of a push to disclose more information about the technology, following a second accident for one of the vehicles in less than a week....
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Takata identifies at least 400,000 faulty airbag replacement parts, report says

12:31 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

At least 400,000 of the 4 million replacement inflators for defective Takata airbags will need to be replaced again in U.S. vehicles, sources at NHTSA and the Japanese safety equipment maker told Reuters....
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Google’s Brin defends driverless car

10:20 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin said one of its driverless car was involved in another rear-end accident, even as he defended the prospects for the self-driving technology....
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Key Safety will ramp up airbag inflator production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December....
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