Quality

Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix doors that may fly open while driving

3:51 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars for an issue that could prevent the doors from latching or allow them to open unexpectedly while driving. The recall covers the 2012-14 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ, all of which were built in Mexico....
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Nissan to expand U.S. recalls tied to Takata airbag flaw

7:24 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Nissan plans to expand a regional recall of cars in the United States with potentially defective Takata airbags after a woman said she was injured last month by shrapnel from the device in her 2006 Sentra sedan....
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Aluminum F-150 improves crash-test rating from all-steel predecessor

9:48 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has earned a better government crash-test rating than its all-steel predecessor, countering any concerns that the lighter material would result in a weaker truck and eliminating one of the Chevrolet Silverado's advantages....
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Honda confirms Takata airbag rupture injured driver in March accident

6:44 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Honda confirmed that a faulty airbag inflator made by Takata ruptured in a March 20 crash of a car in Florida, injuring the driver. A Honda vehicle's airbag exploded and a piece of metal shot from the bag into the driver's neck, police and hospital reports said last week....
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Jaguar Land Rover starts China recall of Evoque after TV report on quality issues

March 20, 2015 11:59 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has started to recall Range Rover Evoque SUVs in China four days after a report on state-run television said the company didn't handle quality problems properly....
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VW, Mercedes, JLR, Nissan targeted by China TV show

March 16, 2015 11:43 CET

Volkswagen, Mercedes and Nissan said they are probing allegations aired by Chinese state TV that they oversold repairs and spare parts to drivers. Media criticism can dent reputations and drag on sales in the world's biggest auto market....
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Lexus wins 4th straight J.D. Power dependability title; Buick rises to No. 2

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

Toyota's Lexus claimed its fourth consecutive title as most-dependable automotive brand after three years of ownership while corporate sibling Scion jumped to ninth place from 22nd a year earlier, J.D. Power and Associates said today. Buick came in at No. 2, rising three spots from last year....
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Buick cracks top 10 on Consumer Reports report card; Acura, Mercedes, Infiniti drop

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

Buick climbed into the Top 10 while Acura, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz fell hard in the latest report card on reliability and performance from Consumer Reports. Lexus finished No. 1 for the third straight year, ahead of a rising Mazda. Fiat Chrysler's Fiat brand came in last, just below corporate sibling Jeep....
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Honda CEO Ito to step down after quality lapses

1:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Honda President Takanobu Ito said he will step down and named Takahiro Hachigo, an r&d executive with wide international experience, as his replacement following a string of quality lapses that spurred a round of internal reforms....
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Longtime Chrysler exec George Butts dies at 91

11:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Longtime Chrysler executive George Butts, who held positions in the product planning, stamping and quality divisions, died last week in Florida. He was 91....
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Honda withdraws 2017 global sales target amid quality concerns

7:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

Honda said it has scrapped its target of selling 6 million vehicles annually by 2017 because the pressure to reach the objective contributed to the quality lapses that led to record recalls last year....
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Renault taps partner Nissan to boost quality

Feb. 6, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault has been working hard to improve the quality of its cars following criticism by customers and industry experts. Philippe Prevel, Renault's former quality chief, explained the group's quality control strategy to Automotive News Europe shortly before being reassigned at the automaker....
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Takata whistleblower willing to testify on deadly airbag flaws

6:23 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

A former Takata engineer has told a US congressional committee he's willing to testify that he warned of deadly consequences before the company chose a design for airbags that were later recalled due to lethal flaws....
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Ford says internal quality ratings rise following tech fixes

8:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

Ford says its internal North American quality ratings improved last year for the first time since 2010, after working through issues with its touchscreen systems and bumpy new-model launches....
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BLOG: Could record Honda fine stoke Japan backlash?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015

Japanese regulators have fretted that the Takata airbag recalls might spur a backlash against the country’s carmakers. Honda's $70 million in US fines could feed those concerns....
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Honda's Ito vows to scrutinize operations, raise quality

6:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015

Honda President Takanobu Ito, beset by record recalls last year, told suppliers the carmaker will examine operations to improve quality and safety standards....
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Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014

Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests....
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Honda recalls 569,000 vehicles in China over Takata airbags

6:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014

Honda is calling back about 569,000 vehicles in China to investigate potential defects with airbags made by Takata, underscoring the global reach of the safety crisis after similar campaigns in the US, Canada and Japan....
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Honda hiring supplier auditor as Takata airbag crisis grows

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014

Honda, the automaker at the center of a global auto-safety crisis, is seeking to hire a senior quality engineer who would lead audits of suppliers’ quality assurance....
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GM executives help scour social media to spot vehicle flaws

10:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

GM executives and other staff members have taken to social media to find customer complaints and identify quality issues long before they become a crisis....
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U.S. lawmakers plan bill to encourage auto employees to report faulty parts

10:25 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014

Two US senators plan to introduce legislation today to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal authorities, a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers said....
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Ford, GM business seen buoying Takata as U.S. probes airbags

6:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014

Carmakers continue to support Takata even as the Japanese supplier suffers widening scrutiny by United States regulators over airbags blamed for at least five deaths. Ford, Honda and GM have worked with Takata on new car features over so many years that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to quickly move to alternative supplier....
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Airbag settlements keep details from other victims of accidents

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

Confidential settlements over defective Takata airbags are sealing off relevant information that other victims could use to pursue injury claims....
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Ex-CEOs take Honda to task on quality issues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

Nobuhiko Kawamoto and Hiroyuki Yoshino were CEOs in some of the most glorious of Honda's glory days....
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Ford extends Ranger recall in U.S. to look at driver's side airbag

8:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014

A recall of Ford Ranger pickup trucks in the United States was expanded to include more flawed Takata airbags after a fatal accident in Malaysia exposed a defect that wasn't previously known....
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