Vehicle Safety

Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests

10:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's troubled inflators on their behalf....
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GM gets 33 more claims for faulty ignition-switch compensation

11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
GM received another 33 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,345, according to the administrator of the company's compensation program....
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Daicel to build U.S. airbag inflator plant earlier than planned

6:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Daicel said it would build a second US factory for airbag inflators in early 2016, bringing forward original plans partly to meet automakers' demand for alternatives to potentially deadly inflators made by Takata....
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U.S. judge says he could narrow GM's bankruptcy defense in recall cases

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
A federal judge said if General Motors is found to have violated car owners' constitutional rights by hiding ignition-switch defects during its bankruptcy, he would consider narrowing the legal protections afforded the company under its 2009 bankruptcy sale....
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GM gets 75 more claims for compensation; 4 more death claims approved

1:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
General Motors received 75 claims for compensation for ignition-switch defects in its cars last week, bringing the total to 4,312, the official administering the compensation program said on Monday....
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Suppliers develop rear-seat airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
Airbag suppliers, which have developed an array of airbags, side curtains and knee bolsters to protect front-seat occupants, are starting to design a new generation of airbags for rear-seat passengers....
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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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TRW seeks long-term business from Takata airbag customers

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
TRW Automotive is moving ahead with plans to produce replacement airbag inflators for Takata customers, but only for automakers willing to offer guarantees of long-term business....
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NICK BUNKLEY

Why you can't blame only GM for the Year of the Recall

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Don't blame General Motors for the Year of the Recall. At least not entirely. Sure, GM started it....
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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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Takata sued by recyclers for lost airbag values

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
The Automotive Recyclers Association has filed a lawsuit against Takata, claiming that auto recyclers that wanted to salvage and resell Takata-made airbags will be unable to do so....
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Cars recalled in U.S. reached 64 million in 2014, NHTSA says

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Carmakers recalled about 64 million vehicles in the United States last year, more than double the previous record set in 2004, according to official government data....
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Senator's report cites cars' data security holes

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Connectivity technologies have made automobiles vulnerable to hackers who could gain control of vehicle functions or compromise the security of vehicle data, according to a report released today by a leading congressional voice on auto safety....
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GM extends top lawyer's stay as search for successor continues

8:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
General Motors said it has extended the tenure of its top lawyer, Michael Millikin, whose department was criticized over how it handled the issue of the automaker's defective ignition switch linked to more than 50 deaths, and the search for a replacement is ongoing....
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EDITORIAL

The goal must be 100% recall notification, repair

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
It's clear that the U.S. auto recall system failed Carlos Solis IV, who was killed in a car crash in January when he was struck by metal from a faulty air bag. It has failed others before. That's unacceptable....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

More thoughts on auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Crashes still kill more than 30,000 motorists annually and seriously injure as many. Keith Crain's Jan. 26 column, "Time to rethink auto safety," presented an aspect of what we should think about, but we are effectively driving blind: We have little timely detail on what is happening in crashes....
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Jaguar Land Rover to recall more than 104,000 SUVs, cars for brake, lighting glitches

10:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover North America will recall more than 104,000 SUVs and cars after NHTSA published three notices that highlighted safety concerns that could lead to faulty braking and lighting....
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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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Delphi expects safety system sales to jump 50% for years

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Delphi Automotive said sales of advanced vehicle-safety systems would jump 50 percent annually for the next several years....
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10 automakers eye engineering firm, ex-regulator for Takata airbag probe

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
A consortium of 10 automakers led by Toyota plans to hire an independent engineering firm and a former top U.S. auto safety regulator to investigate a rash of problems with airbags supplied by Takata, the group said. David Kelly, a former acting administrator of NHTSA, is the lead candidate to coordinate the probe, said people familiar with the effort....
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Obama budget nearly triples funding for NHTSA defect office

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2016 would nearly triple funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration division that investigates vehicle safety defects, boosting a budget that had flat-lined for roughly a decade....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to defective GM switch expected to rise, fund official says

9:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The number of eligible claims for deaths and injuries linked to the defective GM ignition switch that led to the recall of 2.6 million older cars should rise, an official responsible for administering the victim compensation fund said today....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

TRW recall shows the mess life-saving airbags have become

6:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Federal regulators' push for a second recall of 2.1 million cars and trucks whose airbags could go off while driving delivered more cautionary tales about a complex life-saving technology that's had a very bad year....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag

6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

U.S. safety regulators seek Takata whistleblowers

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Federal safety regulators want to find whistleblowers with knowledge “of possible defects or any wrongdoing” by Takata, stepping up pressure on the airbag maker whose products are linked to five deaths and dozens of injuries....
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