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Georgia trial renews demand by safety advocates for recall of older Jeeps

3:34 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The Georgia trial over the death of 4-year old Remington Walden in 2012 is renewing demand by safety advocates for a massive recall of older Jeeps....
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Nissan faces U.S. safety probe into airbag recall

5:34 pm U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

U.S. safety regulators are looking into whether a recall last year by Nissan failed to fix a flaw in the airbag control systems on almost 1 million vehicles....
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Takata more forthcoming on airbag probe, NHTSA chief says

10:21 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Takata, subject to a $14,000 daily fine from U.S. regulators, has started to become more cooperative about documents involving a deadly defect in its airbag inflators, NHTSA chief said Mark Rosekind said. The government, as part of a probe into defective airbags in millions of cars, has accused Takata of dumping millions pages of documents on NHTSA without a guide or explanation of the content....
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Kia recalls 2014-15 Soul in U.S. for accelerator glitch

8:47 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Kia is recalling almost 209,000 Soul compact cars in the United States because the accelerator pedal may bend or break, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators....
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Fiat Chrysler joins GM in grappling with troubled ignition switches

6:51 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing a burgeoning recall problem with ignition switches that is similar to the troubles faced last year by General Motors. Fiat Chrysler said Friday it is doing a second recall of 703,000 minivans and SUVs with a defective ignition switch that can rotate out of position....
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EDITORIAL

Takata airbag crisis must be solved ASAP

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Public safety must be the paramount concern. The auto industry and regulators must work to solve the immediate airbag recall crisis as rapidly as possible. And both must prepare to intensify efforts if the current recall expands....
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 703,000 vehicles to fix ignition switches

10:40 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 702,578 SUVs and minivans to fix defective ignition switches that can unexpectedly turn off the engine. The recall covers Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans from 2008 to 2010 model years, and Dodge Journey SUVs from 2009 to 2010....
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Nissan expands recall to address Altima hoods that may fly open

9:28 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Nissan expanded the North American recall of its top-selling Altima sedan to about 878,000 vehicles because a secondary hood latch may fail and cause the hood to fly up while the car is in motion, according to a company filing with federal safety regulators....
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NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

7:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata airbags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers....
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NHTSA expands Ford Fiesta door-latch probe to 2013 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding a September investigation of door-latch failure in the 2011-13 Ford Fiesta to include the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ....
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Hyundai recalls more than 200,000 Elantras over steering problem

8:14 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015

Hyundai is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering, the company said in a report filed with federal safety regulators....
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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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U.S. orders Takata to preserve airbag inflators for federal probe

4:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

A federal safety regulator on Wednesday ordered troubled Japanese supplier Takata to preserve all airbag inflators removed through a recall process as evidence for a federal investigation and private litigation cases....
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NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the agency's investigation into exploding airbag inflators made by the supplier that have been linked to at least six deaths. NHTSA also warned Takata that it will refer the situation to the Department of Justice if it fails to remedy the situation....
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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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GM recalling 81,000-plus vehicles over steering problem

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015

General Motors recalled 81,123 cars because of concerns about their electric power steering systems. The recall is an expansion of one last year that recalled 1.3 million vehicles for steering problems....
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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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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: 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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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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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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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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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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Death exposes recall-system flaws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

The driver of a Honda Accord who died last month in crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn’t been notified that his car was included in a June recall. The death highlights some of the pitfalls of the vehicle recall system....
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Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles

10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015

Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.12 million vehicles with defective electronic control units that can cause airbags to inadvertently deploy, federal safety regulators said today. The recall affects about 1 million vehicles from Toyota, 374,177 from Honda and 753,176 from Fiat Chrysler....
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