Vehicle Safety

GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today....
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Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says

11:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal....
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U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars

10:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing....
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Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators

11:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators. “Ford Motor Company products currently in development will not be equipped with Takata airbag inflators that use ammonium nitrate,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said today in a statement....
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Ford recalls 451,865 Fusions, Mercury Milans for potential fuel tank problem

10:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Ford is recalling 451,865 Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years to fix a potential fuel tank problem that could lead to a fire....
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Dahl takes FCA's safety post

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has named a longtime executive who most recently oversaw engine development as its new head of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance....
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Tesla recalls 90,000 Model S cars for potential seat belt defect

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Tesla Motors, unable to fully explain a broken seat belt discovered in early November by a European owner of the all-electric Model S sedan, has decided to recall the entire Model S fleet....
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Auto dealers poised for victory on recall provision in U.S. highway bill

7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

It was supposed to be the response by Congress to a historic string of auto safety lapses that rocked the industry. Instead, lawmakers are finalizing a highway bill that would let dealers sell used cars with outstanding safety recalls....
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Model S option becomes police matter: We've got a report of a kid in the trunk

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

Done with shopping, a mom and dad toss their bags in the back seat, their daughter in the trunk and drive off. A watchful bystander takes notice and alerts the police. Except, this is a Tesla Model S, which has third-row, rear-facing child seats as an option....
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Kia recalls some 2014-16 Souls for steering glitch

11:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Kia is recalling 256,459 Soul subcompact crossovers in the U.S. for a problem that can lead to steering loss....
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BLOG: VW's 'goodwill package' squandered an opportunity

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

There's one thing Volkswagen needs to do to make sure the owners of its disgraced diesel vehicles get them repaired down the road, and stop fouling the air....
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Takata crisis hands rival Autoliv chance to go big in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Sweden's Autoliv could capitalize on the crisis engulfing its rival Takata by finally extending its global leadership to the one major auto hub it has been unable to dominate -- Japan. Autoliv is the world's top maker of equipment such as airbags and seat belts, but it has struggled to break ties between Japan's carmakers and Takata....
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U.S. senators seek to ensure Takata recall is completed

6:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Two influential U.S. senators, worried about Takata's ability to complete a recall of potentially deadly airbag inflators, sought regulatory guidance on how to hold the Japanese supplier accountable if its U.S. subsidiary goes bankrupt....
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Nissan joins Toyota, Honda in dropping Takata airbag inflators

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2015

Nissan joined Toyota and Honda in saying they won't use key components made by Takata, as more automakers distance themselves from the airbag supplier whose defective devices are behind the biggest ever automotive safety recall....
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Toyota joins Honda in ditching Takata airbag inflators

6:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Toyota joined Honda in saying it won't use key components made by Takata, as more automakers come out to distance themselves from the airbag supplier whose defective devices are behind the biggest ever automotive safety recall....
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Toyota plans $1 billion U.S. outlay to advance artificial intelligence

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Toyota said it is investing $1 billion to form a U.S.-based r&d company to develop artificial intelligence as an underpinning technology for future vehicles and manufacturing....
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VW recalls 91,867 cars for potential braking problem

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

VW is recalling 91,867 cars for flaws that can lead to the loss of power braking. The recall covers Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat models from the 2015-16 model years, each with 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter gasoline engines...
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U.S. ultimatum to Takata could force more sweeping recall

6:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Takata's consent order with U.S. regulators contains an ultimatum whose consequences could be even more damaging than the $200 million penalty imposed on the company Tuesday: Prove that ammonium nitrate is a safe propellant for airbag inflators, or face a recall of every inflator it has ever made with the chemical....
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Takata agrees to pay $70 million fine for defective airbags

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Takata agreed to phase out its use of ammonium nitrate propellant in airbag inflators and pay a $70 million U.S. fine to resolve violations stemming from the supplier's airbag defect crisis....
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Honda bans Takata airbags from future vehicles

9:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Citing manipulation and misrepresentation by airbag maker Takata, Honda has dumped the company from supplying airbags for all of its future models....
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VW failed to report death, 3 injuries linked to vehicles to NHTSA

6:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Volkswagen failed to report at least one death and three injuries involving its vehicles to a U.S. regulator's database designed to save lives by spotting possible defects....
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Porsche recalls 58,881 Macan crossovers for possible fuel leak

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

Porsche is recalling 58,881 Macan crossovers worldwide for possible leaks in the low-pressure fuel line in the engine compartment....
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GM says owners of fire-prone cars shouldn't park in garages

11:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

Owners of 1.4 million recalled GM cars should not park in garages and other structures because of fire risks, the automaker said today....
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Fiat Chrysler recalls about 900,000 SUVs, crossovers to fix airbags, brakes

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles around the world to fix issues related to airbag deployment and anti-lock braking systems....
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Honda recalls more than 300,000 Accords in U.S. for airbag flaw

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

Honda is recalling 303,904 Accords in the U.S. to fix a software flaw that could lead to side-door airbags deploying even if the vehicles are not in a crash....
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