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About 1 in 5 U.S. vehicles has open safety recall, Carfax says

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Nearly one in five vehicles on U.S. roads is in need of repair of a safety issue serious enough to be involved in a federal government recall, according to used-car history provider Carfax....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I agree with NHTSA: E-shifters stink, but they're not defective

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

I have something in common with the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: I don't like e-shifters, either. But let's be clear. This isn't an alleged defect....
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Self-driving cars succumb to snow blindness as driving lanes disappear

6:41 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

As automakers race to get robot cars on the road, they're encountering an obstacle very familiar to humans: Old Man Winter. Simple snow can render the most advanced computing power useless and leave vehicles dead on the highway....
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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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EPA, SEMA at odds over proposed racecar rule

5:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

A potential EPA ban on many road-to-racecar conversions has touched off a battle with the aftermarket industry, whose trade group says the move would reverse decades of agency policy and deal a blow to auto racing and the parts market....
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VW haunted by emissions lies as it faces tougher U.S. prosecutors

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

No one has died from the emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has admitted it installed in some of its cars, yet U.S. prosecutors may treat it more harshly than two automakers whose defective vehicles killed people. Neither GM nor Toyota plead guilty in their cases, but VW may be forced to if charged with criminal conduct and also wants to settle....
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Emissions lies haunt VW as automaker faces tougher U.S. Justice Department

Feb. 8, 2016 14:18 CET

VW's emissions-cheating software has not directly been responsible for any deaths, yet the U.S. Justice Department may treat it more harshly than General Motors and Toyota, two automakers whose vehicles have killed people....
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Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are stirring. And with powerful players mobilizing on the issue in an era of high-volume, high-profile recalls, dealers and automakers may face pressure to revisit their policies....
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Automakers survive EU politicians' backlash on emissions for now

Feb. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Intense lobbying by Europe's car manufacturers helped to save a compromise that will let automakers exceed EU pollution targets for now, but the narrowness of their victory shows that politicians are running out of patience....
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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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Honda will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in U.S. over restraint system

7:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Honda said it will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in the United States to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system after confirming two injuries linked to the units....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Chock this out: We may have jumped the shark on Recall-o-rama

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker will voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers with free wheel chocks....
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Automakers' political power may sway EU pollution-test vote

Feb. 2, 2016 12:02 CET

A European plan to test cars' pollution levels under real driving conditions may survive a veto threat this week, signaling that the VW cheating scandal has done little to reduce the auto industry's political influence....
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VW Group sends proposal to fix rigged 3.0-liter diesels to U.S., Calif. regulators

8:23 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Under deadline Tuesday, Volkswagen Group of America submitted to U.S. and California regulators a draft plan to recall and repair thousands of 3.0-liter diesel vehicles containing illegal emissions software....
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Toyota recalls 320,000 vehicles for side airbag issue

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Toyota today said it is recalling about 320,000 vehicles from the 2003-06 model years for an airbag-related defect. The recall affects the 2003-06 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2004-06 4Runner, 2005-06 Tundra, 2005-06 Sequoia, 2003-06 Lexus LX 470 and 2004-06 Lexus GX 470....
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GM, lawyers ask U.S. judge to reject bid to halt switch settlement

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

General Motors has asked a judge to reject efforts by a lawyer who first publicly exposed a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles to undo a settlement fund resolving 1,380 death and injury lawsuits....
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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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Fiat Chrysler will offer new settings for diesel engines to make them cleaner

Feb. 2, 2016 10:56 CET

Fiat Chrysler will offer new calibrations to make its most recent generation of diesel vehicles cleaner on the road after completing an internal review of its cars following the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal....
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VW faces U.S. deadline for SUV emission repair plan

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Volkswagen faces a Feb. 2 deadline to submit a repair plan for 80,000 diesel SUVs and larger cars that emit excess pollution, even as it considers buying back some vehicles and a prior fix plan for smaller vehicles was rejected....
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Tesla applies for dealership license in Michigan

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Tesla Motors has applied for a Michigan dealership license, a move the automaker said is intended to test a state law effectively banning the electric-vehicle maker's direct-sales model....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Industry breaks trust, makes its bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Widespread safety recalls, information withholding and deceitful practices are damaging the auto industry's public credibility and sparking a regulatory reaction....
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How GM ignition-switch plaintiffs' lawyer botched his big case

11:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Hilliard has litigated some 1,300 cases against General Motors over its deadly ignition switches, but he suffered a stunning blow in the middle of a high-visibility trial last week in New York. It was a lucky "Perry Mason" moment for GM....
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Michigan may see ballot petition to allow direct vehicle sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

A recent University of Michigan graduate who aspires to work in politics is launching a ballot petition drive to allow automakers to sell new vehicles directly to Michigan consumers....
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VW wins approval to start European recall of rigged diesels

Jan. 28, 2016 11:12 CET

VW Group won approval for the first stage of its recall of 8.5 million VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat vehicles in Europe with rigged diesel engines - while at the same time disputing that the recall means the models have "defeat" devices as defined by EU law....
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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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