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The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

In D.C., Takata finds no friends, just cross hairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Years from now, automotive historians will agree that Takata Corp.'s fate in the U.S. was sealed during a congressional hearing on Dec. 3, 2014....
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Defiant Takata puts onus on carmakers for U.S.-demanded recalls

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Takata's refusal to comply with a federal demand to widen its airbag recall leaves regulators in a quandary: take the parts supplier to court or try to convince automakers to do the job instead....
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NHTSA nominee Rosekind pledges tougher stance, 'common sense'

2:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Mark Rosekind pledged to make the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a tougher auto safety watchdog if confirmed as the agency’s new administrator....
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Honda's escalating airbag crisis frays half-century ties

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Honda signaled a growing rift in its more than 50-year relationship with airbag maker Takata, as the automaker struggles to contain a crisis that's killed five motorists in its cars....
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Takata poised for clash in Congress after rejecting U.S. recall

6:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Airbag supplier Takata’s rejection of demands to recall vehicles across the United States sets the stage for a confrontation with members of Congress critical of its response to potentially deadly defects....
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Takata has yet to find 'root cause' of airbag ruptures, executive says

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Japanese supplier Takata acknowledged today that it still does not understand what is causing airbag explosions that have hurtled metal shards into vehicles even as it insisted that calls for a broader recall to remedy the problem were misguided....
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Takata to face U.S. House hearing into airbag crisis

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Takata and Honda executives will return to Capitol Hill next week to testify about the growing safety crisis surrounding Takata airbag inflators that may explode in a crash. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee scheduled a hearing for Dec. 3 to examine the management and response of the industry and auto safety regulators to the Takata airbag recalls....
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Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations....
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Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough....
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Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearly warn customers of the danger some vehicles could pose. He also acknowledged that the automaker still doesn't know for sure the extent of the problem but said it is working to find out and to make repairs as quickly as possible....
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Millions of cars need airbag fix as Senate grills auto industry

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
The world's biggest automakers have fixed a fraction of almost 8 million cars recalled for Takata airbags, providing fuel for a Senate committee the grilled industry executives today for their handling of the crisis....
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U.S. lawmakers plan bill to encourage auto employees to report faulty parts

10:25 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Two US senators plan to introduce legislation today to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal authorities, a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers said....
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REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT

Takata airbag plant in Mexico with troubled past at center of probe

9:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Takata's plant in Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has been confirmed as the source of defective airbags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, Reuters reported today, citing information from recall records, automakers and regulators. In 2006, the factory blew up -- driving home for workers and residents the volatility and risk of the explosive compound at the core of Takata's airbags....
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Airbag angst preceded U.S. demand for nationwide Takata recall

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Consumer worries about the safety of their airbags played a key role in why federal regulators now are demanding that carmakers recall cars with Takata airbags nationwide -- even at the potential risk of endangering drivers who most urgently need replacements....
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Takata airbag death linked by lawsuit to delay in Honda alert

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Honda's U.S. unit advised dealers not to contact customers about a potentially fatal defect because of a parts shortage, one week before shrapnel from an exploding airbag left a woman looking as if she had been killed with a knife, lawyers for her family said....
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GM December switch order shows failure to disclose under Barra

6:39 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
The disclosure of December e-mails by General Motors shows that even after Mary Barra took over as CEO, the automaker failed to disclose key information about its ignition-switch recall -- raising more questions about what she knew and how quickly she’s been changing GM’s culture....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Republican wins could mean oil and gas boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The Republican victory in last week's midterm elections is lifting hopes of a shift in U.S. energy policy to higher production of oil and gas -- a move that could provide a tailwind for the auto industry....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Reports of Takata coverup 'require a criminal investigation,' lawmakers say

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Lawmakers have called for a federal criminal probe into Japanese auto supplier Takata following a report that the company destroyed results of airbag tests conducted in secret in 2004....
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Lawmakers ask GAO to review NHTSA actions

4:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Bipartisan leaders of a key House committee have asked Congress' independent watchdog arm for a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amid escalating concern over the agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch and Takata airbag recalls....
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NHTSA to brief House committee on Takata airbag recalls

1:37 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will brief members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week on the agency's investigation and recalls of Takata airbags....
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Now, it's NHTSA under fire

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Seven months after General Motors' ignition-switch issue erupted into a full-blown safety crisis, NHTSA is taking its turn in the hot seat, facing tough questions about its past and its ability to effectively police auto safety....
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House bill proposes tougher auto safety rules

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
House Democrats introduced another bill Thursday to toughen federal auto safety laws after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came under more criticism by U.S. lawmakers this week for its handling of the General Motors ignition switch recalls....
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THE GM RECALL

House report, citing 'critical mistakes,' blasts NHTSA

11:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators failed to detect GM's defective ignition switches despite having “ample information” about the problem as early as 2007, according to a House committee investigation into the GM recalls and NHTSA released today....
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NHTSA will be questioned by U.S. senators about enforcement efforts

10:32 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
A Senate subcommittee will probe the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's ability to enforce auto and highway safety laws in a hearing next week....
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