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Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat Chrysler's performance in a series of 20 recalls....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lear: 'Facts speak for themselves'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Recently, you may have seen some allegations in the media by the UAW about unfair labor practices or unsafe working conditions at Lear. Those allegations are untrue....
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Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

4:43 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Daimler formed a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables....
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Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unit

May 22, 2015 15:34 CET

Audi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said. Sources say Audi is working together with BMW and Daimler on an approach for the mapping business, which has drawn interest from a range of companies and buyout firms....
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Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru add more cars to Takata airbag recall

May 22, 2015 11:04 CET

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata....
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Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants

May 22, 2015 10:31 CET

Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. But production at Renault's local plant remained disrupted and the automaker has said it might review investment in the market....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall

11:54 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S. vehicles were defective....
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U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit added to Takata criminal case

10:50 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

US prosecutors in Detroit have joined the federal probe into Takata's defective airbag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally....
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U.S. indicts 2 execs from NGK for price-fixing

1:39 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

One current and one former executive with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug were indicted today on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold in the United States, the Justice Department said today....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. This is the auto industry at its absolute worst -- both in Japan and in the U.S....
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German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says

May 21, 2015 16:48 CET

Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said. Automakers use HERE's maps in vehicle navigation systems and are counting on them to provide crucial context for upcoming collision-detection systems....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall?

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test....
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Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible....
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Schaeffler Q1 profit buoyed by vehicle demand, weak euro

May 21, 2015 11:41 CET

German supplier Schaeffler reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly operating profit because of robust demand from carmakers in the U.S. and China as well as the effects of a weaker euro....
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Timeline of Takata airbag recalls

7:05 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata....
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Autoliv ready to pump up capacity to meet Takata replacement inflator demand

6:30 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Swedish auto safety gear maker Autoliv said today that it is ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata acknowledged its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective....
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Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recall

May 20, 2015 11:10 CET

Swedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators....
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Takata recall poses dilemma for U.S. backing untested fix

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata's latest recall leaves U.S. regulators with a dilemma: swap defective airbags with parts that may be no safer than the original ones, or shoulder automakers with replacing 34 million vehicles....
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Takata changed design of its airbags in 2008, report says

6:32 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Troubled airbag supplier Takata began changing the safety devices in 2008 to reduce the risk that humidity would cause them to deploy abnormally, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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More replacement airbag production planned, Takata says

1:25 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata said it plans to boost production of parts needed to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators that could spray vehicle occupants with metal shards....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. The ruptures occurred in ballistic tests of more than 30,000 airbag inflators Takata retrieved from recalled vehicles....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Honda works smart to fill UK plant

4:52 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Honda has reduced the problem of drastic undercapacity at its factory in Swindon, England, after the automaker's production took a hit from Europe's economic slump, by inviting suppliers to utilize the empty space....
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Borgward revival led by former Daimler China boss

May 19, 2015 06:01 CET

Borgward named former Daimler China boss Ulrich Walker as its CEO as the company prepares to resurrect the German brand with Chinese backing....
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Takata acknowledges defect in airbags

2:15 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

After months of pressure from U.S. regulators, Takata Corp. acknowledged that its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective, a decision that sharply expands the scope of the airbag crisis and could prompt one of the largest recalls for a safety defect in U.S. history....
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Continental to buy Elektrobit auto unit in bid to boost autonomous tech

May 19, 2015 11:07 CET

Continental will buy the automotive business of Finnish software and hardware company Elektrobit Oyj for 600 million euros ($680 million) as the German company seeks to strengthen its position in automated driving technology....
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