Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says

8:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads....
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Toyota recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Toyota today said it is recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars from the 2013-16 model years because of an ignition key interlock issue....
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Fiat Chrysler rollaway reports draw more NHTSA scrutiny

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Federal regulators are escalating an inquiry over complaints that certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles can roll away when a driver thinks the transmission has been set to park....
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Dealers pay high price with latest recall wave

11:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Honda's order that U.S. dealers stop selling some 2.2 million popular models is compounding financial and regulatory headaches for car dealers stuck with millions of vehicles that have potentially hazardous airbags or other safety defects....
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Rise in traffic deaths last year raises alarm at NHTSA

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

U.S. Transportation Department officials are mounting an effort to tackle the human causes behind traffic deaths, which after years of steady declines, increased sharply last year....
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Takata must change culture to prevent another safety crisis, panel says

6:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Takata Corp. must make quality a part of company culture if it hopes to prevent future safety defects like the exploding airbags at the center of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, a panel appointed by the Tokyo-based manufacturer to review its manufacturing process concluded....
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Nissan recalling 870,000 Altimas in U.S., Canada for hood latch problem

9:11 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Nissan said it will recall about 870,000 Nissan cars in the United States and Canada for potentially faulty hood latches, marking the third time since 2014 the automaker has recalled vehicles to address the problem....
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Automatic braking reduces rear-end crashes, IIHS study finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Automatic braking systems were shown in a new study to reduce rear-end crashes by about 40 percent on average, adding momentum to a push by safety groups, regulators and some automakers to equip all new cars with the technology....
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Ford expands recall for Ranger pickups with Takata airbags

10:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Ford is expanding a recall of vehicles with Takata airbags after an inflator exploded in a Ford Ranger last month and the driver was killed....
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Takata will meet carmakers to gauge possible financial aid, source says

Jan. 25, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata plans to meet with key customers this week to gauge how receptive they are to extending financial aid to help the supplier cope with the costs of its massive airbag recall, a person familiar with the matter said. Honda and Nissan said they received invitations to meet with Takata....
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Takata recall to be expanded to 5 million more vehicles; Ford airbag fatality reported

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

U.S. regulators announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags, covering some automakers not previously affected by one of the biggest auto safety recalls in U.S. history....
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NHTSA chief vows action this year on cybersecurity

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The nation's top auto safety regulator said his agency will take action this year to address automotive cybersecurity issues, as the spread of connectivity technologies threatens to expose vehicles to new paths of attack....
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NHTSA chief scrambles to beat the clock

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In late 2014, Mark Rosekind had a choice: re-up for another five years on the National Transportation Safety Board or try to move the needle in two years as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Rosekind extends a hand. Take it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind wants the U.S. auto industry and federal regulators to work together to make American roads safer. The auto industry should seize the offer....
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BLOG: Dragging my feet and getting shamed into fixing a Jeep

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

FCA has been a nagging but well-meaning aunt, bugging me regularly to bring in an older Jeep Grand Cherokee for an inspection and possible update....
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U.S. plans initiatives on autonomous cars, industry safety collaboration

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

U.S. Transportation officials plan to announce new initiatives this week aimed at accelerating adoption of autonomous vehicle technologies and a significant deal intended to foster closer collaboration between automakers and the government on safety issues....
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U.S., major automakers to announce safety accord Friday, reports say

7:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

The U.S. government and a group of leading global automakers are set to announce a ground-breaking voluntary agreement at the Detroit auto show on Friday aimed at dramatically improving the industry's safety, according to company officials....
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FCA's Marchionne meets with NHTSA's Rosekind after $175 million in fines in 2015

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Fiat Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been doing a $175 million dance with each other for the last six months over years of safety regulation violations....
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Rule-breakers' costs go far beyond the fines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

In 2015, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, American Honda and Volkswagen were found to have violated U.S. auto safety or environmental rules. Toyota and General Motors remain under government supervision following their safety scandals while Ford and Hyundai-Kia not long ago were caught gaming the fuel economy ratings system....
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Ferrari recalls 185 California T vehicles due to fuel leak risk

8:25 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2015

Ferrari North America is recalling some 2016 California T vehicles due to the risk of a fuel leak in the engine compartment, according to a U.S. notice on Friday....
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Fiat Chrysler recalling 570,000 SUVs for fire risks

7:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will recall 570,000 SUVs for fire risks in two campaigns linked to problems with vanity mirror wiring and a low-pressure hose....
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Latest airbag death shows flaw in U.S. recall system

8:58 am U.S. ET | Dec. 24, 2015

The latest fatality linked to a Takata airbag -- eight have occurred in the U.S. -- highlights a flawed recall system that all-too-often fails to lead to critical repairs and can take years to complete....
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Ram 1500 retains 4-star NHTSA safety rating

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

The 2016 Ram 1500 pickup has received a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- one star less than competitive pickups at General Motors and Ford....
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NHTSA said to seek voluntary recall, cybersecurity reforms from automakers

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

U.S. auto safety officials will meet with major automakers on Wednesday, seeking a voluntary agreement from the industry to improve recall completion rates, prevent vehicle cyber attacks and spot defects earlier, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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Fiat Chrysler fined $70 million by U.S. for failure to report safety data

10:47 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2015

Fiat Chrysler said today it will pay a $70 million fine for failing to report claims of death and injury to U.S. safety regulators. The fine comes after FCA told NHTSA in September that it had discovered “significant” under-reporting of crash deaths and injuries possibly linked to vehicle defects as required under the TREAD Act....
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