Litigation and Regulations
Automakers recall 12 million U.S. vehicles over Takata airbagsFri, 27, May 2016
Eight automakers said today they are recalling more than 12 million U.S. vehicles for defective Takata airbags, expanding the largest-ever auto safety push, documents posted by U.S. regulators showed.
Campaign for zero fatalities started in safety-conscious SwedenMon, 23, May 2016
The notion that traffic fatalities can be eliminated is a Swedish import. The initiative, known as Vision Zero, was written into Sweden's road safety law in 1997.
Crash test dummies get in back seat to make Uber riders saferWed, 25, May 2016
Crash test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back.
VW, U.S. make 'substantial progress' toward settlement, judge saysTue, 24, May 2016
Volkswagen and lawyers for owners and the U.S. government have made "substantial progress" toward reaching a final agreement by late June, a federal judge said today.
Fiat Chrysler shares fall on report of German sales ban threatMon, 23, May 2016
Shares in Fiat Chrysler fell 5.1 percent after Germany's Bild newspaper reported that the automaker could be prohibited from selling cars in Germany if evidence of disregard of emissions rules was found.
Public not sold on fully autonomous vehicles, study findsMon, 23, May 2016
More than four out of five people would prefer not to ride in fully autonomous vehicles, a study published today found.
Germany raises doubts about Opel's emissions deviceWed, 18, May 2016
Germany raised doubts about the legality of devices General Motors' Opel subsidiary used to monitor emissions, raising the possibility that the brand's engine software breaches the country's regulations.
Mitsubishi president steps down amid fuel economy scandalWed, 18, May 2016
The president of Mitsubishi Motors will step down after less than two years in the job amid a widening fuel economy scandal that torpedoed the company's sales and led to it selling a controlling stake to rival Nissan.
Takata declares 14 million airbags defective as part of expanded recallTue, 17, May 2016
Takata declared nearly 14 million airbag inflators defective as part of an expanded U.S. recall, but it said it considered the recall investigative, leaving the thorny question of cost-sharing with automakers unresolved.
Hawaii lawsuit alleges Takata cover-upMon, 16, May 2016
The State of Hawaii has sued Takata over its defective airbag inflators in state court, accusing the beleaguered Japanese supplier of a cover-up.
Check for recalls? There’s a GM app for thatMon, 16, May 2016
GM is launching a smartphone app that will allow vehicle owners to check for open recalls, the latest move by automakers to redouble efforts to get owners to comply with vehicle callbacks.
Subaru recalls 48,500 Legacy, Outback models for steering glitchThu, 12, May 2016
Subaru of America is recalling 48,500 new Legacy and Outback models because of a potential steering issue and warned owners not to drive them until they are inspected and repaired if needed.