Takata says truck carrying airbag inflators exploded; 1 dead, 4 injuredMon, 29, Aug 2016
A truck transporting Takata airbag inflators and propellants that are at the center of a global recall exploded in Texas last week, resulting in one death and four injuries, the embattled auto parts supplier said today.
U.S. issues 'call to action' after traffic deaths riseMon, 29, Aug 2016
The U.S. government is seeking support from researchers and data scientists to help understand and ultimately combat the leading causes of traffic deaths after a significant spike last year. The Obama administration today issued what it called an “unprecedented call to action” as it released a final analysis of traffic fatality data from 2015, when roadside deaths jumped by 7.2 percent from 2014 to 35,092, the most since 2008.
Good marks for collision warning, problems with lane-keeping technologyMon, 29, Aug 2016
As advanced safety technology spreads throughout automakers' vehicle lineups, automakers and suppliers are getting broader feedback about their effectiveness. Two safety systems illustrate the varying results.
GM cleared in second lawsuit involving faulty ignition switchesThu, 25, Aug 2016
A Texas jury on Thursday said a GM ignition switch was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a statement from the company. The verdict in Harris County, Texas, is the second in favor of GM this year in a lawsuit over a recalled ignition switch that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths.
Consumer interest in automotive technology, safety is growing, survey showsWed, 24, Aug 2016
As the list of available automotive tech features gets longer, consumer interest in such features has reflected advancements, a new survey shows.
GM's mid-trial bid to toss ignition-switch case denied by judgeTue, 23, Aug 2016
General Motors said a Texas judge denied its bid to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, after the company accused a car driver and his lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle's key.
Chevy expands Teen Driver tech to 9 nameplatesTue, 23, Aug 2016
Chevrolet today said it is expanding its Teen Driver technology this fall to nine nameplates, covering 64 percent of the brand's sales. The technology, which debuted on the 2016 Malibu sedan, mutes the audio system until front-seat occupants buckle their safety belts, warns the driver when exceeding a preset speed and allows parents to set a maximum audio volume.
Hyundai recalls '13 Elantras for deteriorating brake padsMon, 22, Aug 2016
Hyundai Motor America is recalling 64,500 Elantra sedans from the 2013 model year because the brake pedal stopper pads can deteriorate over time.
Toyota changes recall fixes for 337,000 RAV4, Lexus HS250h vehiclesFri, 12, Aug 2016
Toyota said it is changing the way it fixes rear suspension problems on 337,000 RAV4s and Lexus HS250h vehicles involved in a 2013 recall. The company said dealers will now replace both rear suspension arm assemblies with new ones at no cost and will apply an epoxy to prevent arm adjustment during service visits.
Keyless systems of older VW cars can be hacked, researchers sayThu, 11, Aug 2016
Tens of millions of vehicles sold by Volkswagen AG over the past 20 years are vulnerable to theft because keyless entry systems can be hacked using cheap technical devices, according to European researchers.
Tesla reports Autopilot crash in ChinaWed, 10, Aug 2016
Tesla said on Wednesday that one of its cars had crashed in Beijing while in Autopilot mode, with the driver contending sales staff sold the function as "self-driving," overplaying its actual capabilities.
NHTSA's Rosekind hits hot roads across South to push recall repairsTue, 09, Aug 2016
Frustrated by the failure of many American motorists to take cars with safety defects to dealers for repairs, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind on Tuesday began a political campaign-style swing through Southern states to push for better vehicle maintenance.