Senator calls for compensation fund for Takata airbag injury victims

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

An influential U.S. senator today called for troubled supplier Takata to establish a fund to compensate victims injured or killed by its ruptured airbags. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pressed Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president for Takata's North American affiliate, to establish a fund similar to the one created by GM last year....
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U.S. report finds fuel-economy targets can be met -- at a cost

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A midsize sedan can exceed the 54 mpg needed to comply with the U.S. government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations in 2025 without adding expensive electrification technology such as a hybrid powertrain, according to a new study released today....
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NHTSA 5-star ratings would include crash-avoidance tech under bills

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

Crash-avoidance technologies would be included in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star vehicle safety ratings if a bipartisan measure becomes law....
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Takata plans to 'transition' away from ammonium nitrate in airbags

3:18 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Takata plans to “transition” away from using a volatile chemical in its airbag inflators, a top executive from the embattled supplier told a panel of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday....
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Carmakers asked by House about plans to handle cyberthreats

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

U.S. lawmakers want to know how the auto industry plans to tackle cybersecurity threats as new vehicles become increasingly connected to the Internet....
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Automakers asked by House panel about cybersecurity policies

5:21 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

As in-car Wifi and smartphone integration becomes increasingly common, lawmakers want to know how automakers plan to prevent hackers from compromising safety by tapping in through a car's digital connection....
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Senate bill would reward workers for reporting safety concerns to regulators

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The U.S. Senate is nearing approval of a bipartisan bill that would give financial incentives to employees at automakers and suppliers who report safety defect concerns to regulators....
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EVs need more fed support, study finds

11:32 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

A study commissioned by Congress says the federal government must to do more to support the market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles....
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BLOG: Auto finance critic Warren stands firm on CFPB dealership oversight

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is once again calling for direct regulation of auto dealerships by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau....
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U.S. House OKs bill to kill 'death tax'

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the 40 percent tax applied on estates worth more than $5 million, which dealers have long complained could saddle their family members with huge tax bills should they die unexpectedly. A similar bill has been introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate....
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U.S. bill would streamline passage of 2 key trade deals

10:00 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

US lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill to move trade deals quickly through Congress, opening the door to sealing a major Pacific trade pact with major implications for the auto industry....
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2 key ideas to fix the recall process could save lives

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Two bills in Congress would direct states to notify auto owners of unrepaired recalls. But there's no reason why all states could not share basic auto registration data -- vehicle identification number, owner name and address -- on a regular basis with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Congressional grilling was Akio Toyoda's defining moment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Akio Toyoda's moment of self-discovery came on what could have been the worst day of his life, sitting before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's response to a burgeoning unintended-acceleration crisis....
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BLOG: Congressmen get testy with CFPB chief Cordray

11:45 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its critics on the House Financial Services Committee traded jabs in a tense session last week as CFPB Director Richard Cordray presented the bureau's semiannual report....
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Senate bill would bar car registrations until recalls completed

4:16 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Car buyers in the United States would have to get most repairs subject to a recall performed before registering their vehicles under legislation being introduced by two Democratic senators concerned that too many defects are ignored....
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U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive

1:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel today....
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Safety crisis fades off Congress' radar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Last year's General Motors ignition switch fiasco and the ongoing Takata airbag case appeared to forge consensus for big reforms at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But signs of dimming prospects for major regulatory reform legislation....
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Takata, plaintiffs tussle over access to airbag inflators for testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015

Takata has amassed airbag inflators at the center of a big recall and product liability suits for testing under government oversight to find the root cause of the defect. The results are being shared with automakers. But lawyers for plaintiffs suing the suppliers question the arrangement and are pressing safety regulators to let other entities start testing....
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Senators to propose vehicle ratings for data security

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Two senators want new-vehicle stickers to include a “cyber dashboard” that would include ratings for security systems designed to protect cars and light trucks from hackers and for privacy controls that safeguard vehicle data....
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BMW looks at time as ultimate luxury

7:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

Time is one of the most sought-after luxuries, and the auto industry is using technology to give customers more of it, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing....
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The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014

Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies....
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In D.C., Takata finds no friends, just cross hairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Years from now, automotive historians will agree that Takata Corp.'s fate in the U.S. was sealed during a congressional hearing on Dec. 3, 2014....
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Defiant Takata puts onus on carmakers for U.S.-demanded recalls

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014

Takata's refusal to comply with a federal demand to widen its airbag recall leaves regulators in a quandary: take the parts supplier to court or try to convince automakers to do the job instead....
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NHTSA nominee Rosekind pledges tougher stance, 'common sense'

2:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014

Mark Rosekind pledged to make the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a tougher auto safety watchdog if confirmed as the agency’s new administrator....
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Honda's escalating airbag crisis frays half-century ties

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014

Honda signaled a growing rift in its more than 50-year relationship with airbag maker Takata, as the automaker struggles to contain a crisis that's killed five motorists in its cars....
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