Safety Equipment

GM rejected better ignition part in 2001 to save money, safety advocates say

10:36 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
General Motors chose not to use a more robust ignition-switch part in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars while they were being designed, a decision that may have led to deaths, safety advocates said.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows

5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agreed to a redesign of the now-recalled ignition switch without changing the part number.... Read More »

 

Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035.... Read More »

 

Two GM SUVs score 'good' ratings in new crash testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain survived the challenging new small-overlap crash test for mid-sized SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a "good" rating.... Read More »

 

Chevy Impala has airbag software flaw, safety advocate claims in U.S. petition

11:02 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
General Motors, in the midst of recalling 2.6 million small cars for an ignition-switch flaw that can deactivate air bags, also may have an air-bag defect connected to deadly accidents in its Chevrolet Impala, a safety group said.... Read More »

 

Backup camera mandate boosts suppliers

8:09 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
The biggest beneficiary of the new federal mandate for rearview cameras is likely to be Magna International, which claims 40 percent of the North American market for the equipment. Other suppliers such as Delphi Automotive, Gentex, Panasonic and Valeo also are poised to profit.... Read More »

 

TV spot showing crash highlights crackdown on motorist texting

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
A commercial showing a truck crashing into the side of a car carrying two young women and a man will begin airing this month on national TV while police crack down on texting motorists.... Read More »

 

GM recall becomes case study in how bad news gets to the CEO

6:26 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced incredulity from Washington lawmakers over a deadly flaw that by GM's account took more than a dozen years for the boss to hear about. Lawmakers asked Barra, head of the country's biggest automaker, why it took until 2014 for GM to recall some 2.6 million vehicles with a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when people inside the company had known about the flaw as early as 2001.... Read More »

 

U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016

April 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 4,536 kgs (10,000 pounds) in weight to have rearview cameras by mid-2018.... Read More »

 

Tesla, Alliance seek U.S. regulators' OK to ditch side mirrors

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As long as there have been cars, there have been side mirrors. But if Tesla Motors and the auto industry's main lobbying group in Washington get their way, automakers could soon be allowed to ditch these old-school visibility aids in favor of a high-tech solution: cameras.... Read More »

 

U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016

12:28 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The Department of Transportation today finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have backup cameras by mid-2018. Congress called for the rules in 2008 after a spate of accidents in which parents driving cars or trucks backed over their young children, killing them.... Read More »

 

Autoliv preps new China airbag plant to supply Great Wall

Feb. 25, 2014 10:34 CET
Autoliv will start building an airbag plant in the second half of this year in the north China city of Baoding, where Great Wall Motor Co. is headquartered. The plant will make airbags mainly for Great Wall's Haval SUVs.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Can laws stop distracted driving if we won't?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Sen. Jay Rockefeller has reason to be frustrated. The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is supposed to be making sure that federal laws keep the roads safe. Yet Americans keep getting killed because they won't stop looking down from the road to check text messages and play with the high-tech gizmos built into cars.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Crash avoidance is a noble idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The government is suggesting that perhaps the first step in creating a safer automotive environment would be to install transmitting devices in all vehicles sold in the United States, the first step toward enable vehicles to communicate with one another to avoid accidents. What may be a noble suggestion is probably an impractical solution to automotive collisions.... Read More »

 

Toyota: Stop-sale order will have 'minimal' impact

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
A potential defect that is preventing Toyota dealers from selling some vehicles on their lots had little effect on January sales and is expected to have a “minimal” impact in February, company executives said today.... Read More »

 

Toyota tells N.A. dealers to stop selling 8 models for possible fire risk

11:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2014
Toyota told North American dealers today to stop selling several models equipped with seat heaters made since August 2012 after being alerted by South Korean safety officials that material in the part did not meet fire retardation standards also used in the United States.... Read More »

 

NHTSA ends investigation of Jeep fires

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its investigation into fire risks in 2.7 million older Jeep vehicles, ending a rare public standoff between U.S. regulators and an automaker over whether a safety recall is justified.... Read More »

 

BMW works on hands-free lane changes

Jan. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
In a bid to commercialize hands-free cars, BMW and supplier Continental are preparing a large-scale road test involving dozens of vehicles.... Read More »

 

JLR recalls Range Rovers in U.S. for potential airbag issue

Jan. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 3,912 Range Rover SUVs in the United States because the front seat side airbags may not deploy.... Read More »

 

Backup camera rule moves forward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
After several delays, the Obama administration is reviewing a revised rule that could push automakers to install backup cameras in more of their cars and light trucks.... Read More »

 

Land Rover recalls SUVs in U.S. for potential airbag issue

11:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 3,912 Range Rover SUVs in the United States because the front seat side airbags may not deploy.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

How Granatelli broke the code, saved his life

11:07 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Andy Granatelli, the renowned race-car owner and STP oil treatment mogul who died last week at age 90, is best remembered for the cars that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1969 and 1973, and for building and sponsoring Parnelli Jones' radical turbine car that almost won the 500 in 1967.... Read More »

 

NHTSA moves ahead on backup-camera regulation

11:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2014
After several delays, the Obama administration is reviewing a revised rule that could push automakers to install backup cameras in more of their cars and trucks. The reworked regulation, submitted to the White House on Dec. 25, would set new rear visibility standards for light vehicles sold in the United States.... Read More »

 

U.S. senator asks automakers how they will thwart hackers

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2013
A United States senator has asked 20 of the world's biggest automakers for information on how they secure their vehicles from cyber attacks, in light of reports by security experts who say they have identified ways to hack into cars.... Read More »

 

Autoliv raises sales outlook for 2013 as Q3 profit rises 1%

Oct. 24, 2013 13:22 CET
Auto safety specialist Autoliv posted a small rise of 1 percent in quarterly pre-tax earnings and raised its sales outlook for the full year.... Read More »

 

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