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NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings

UPDATED: 7/2/15 5:52 pm ET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of recalls under federal scrutiny. ...

VW rides hot Golf, Audi to 2nd straight monthly gain

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1
The red-hot Golf lineup drove Volkswagen of America to its second-straight monthly U.S. sales gain in June. ...

After 'chicken tax,' a flood of foreign trucks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Two free-trade deals the U.S. is trying to negotiate would roll back the so-called chicken tax. ...

How U.S. chickens led to Japanese truck plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
The so-called chicken tax has played a significant role in shaping the U.S. auto market. ...

Message to NHTSA: Reform first, funding later

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
In previous congressional hearings on auto safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's shortcomings in major defect cases were largely cast as the result ...

Senator calls for compensation fund for Takata airbag injury victims

UPDATED: 6/23/15 2:32 pm ET -- adds photo, more testimony
An influential U.S. senator today called for troubled supplier Takata to establish a fund to compensate victims injured or killed by its ruptured airbags. Richard Blument ...

NHTSA, blasted in audit, vows to reform early-warning system

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 22
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will tighten its early-warning reporting requirements by next June as part of sweeping changes it has agreed to ...

U.S. audit finds NHTSA hobbled by systemic, staff shortcomings

UPDATED: 6/20/15 9:42 pm ET - adds details
NHTSA is beset with longstanding, systemic operating problems that have undermined the agency's ability to adequately police auto safety for years, an audit of the agency ...

Tougher environmental rules proposed for heavy-duty pickups, vans

3:43 pm U.S. ET | June 19
Carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption by heavy-duty pickups and vans would be reduced by 16 percent from the 2021 to 2027 model years under rules proposed today b ...

U.S. report finds fuel-economy targets can be met -- at a cost

UPDATED: 6/18/15 4:05 pm ET -- new story
A midsize sedan can exceed the 54 mpg needed to comply with the U.S. ...

Honda recalls 1.39 million vehicles for passenger airbag flaw

UPDATED: 6/15/15 8:56 pm ET - adds details
American Honda said it will recall about 1.39 million vehicles with faulty passenger-side airbags made by Takata. ...

New study focuses on untested passenger side

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
IIHS is subjecting a few vehicles to additional small-overlap crash testing after discovering that some new models had structural reinforcements on the driver side, where ...

Honda confirms 7th death from Takata airbags

UPDATED: 6/12/15 3:54 pm ET -- adds Honda response, details
American Honda confirmed today that a Takata airbag explosion was behind the April death of a Louisiana woman, bringing the number of deaths linked to defective airbags f ...

NHTSA 5-star ratings would include crash-avoidance tech under bills

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 11
Crash-avoidance technologies would be included in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star vehicle safety ratings if a bipartisan measure becomes la ...

NHTSA takes charge; Takata plays second fiddle

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7
Last month's consent decree between NHTSA and Takata has already changed the course and pace of what will be one of the largest and most complex recalls in U.S. history. ...

U.S. pledges closer scrutiny of automakers following GM safety crisis

UPDATED: 6/5/15 2:58 pm ET - new story
Automakers and suppliers can expect tougher data requests and more frequent audits from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency said today as it ou ...

FCA hearing by NHTSA to proceed, despite automaker's changes

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 4
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to proceed with a July 2 public hearing to probe Fiat Chrysler's handling of 20 recalls despite several changes a ...

Takata plans to 'transition' away from ammonium nitrate in airbags

UPDATED: 6/2/15 8:15 pm ET - adds testimony, questioning
Takata plans to “transition” away from using a volatile chemical in its airbag inflators, a top executive from the embattled supplier told a panel of U.S. law ...

Golf family helps VW break U.S. losing streak

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2
The Volkswagen brand broke a three-month slump in U.S. sales with an 8.1 percent gain in May, while its luxury sibling Audi continued its hot streak to post its second-be ...

Takata will drop a troublesome airbag inflator design

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 1
Takata will stop producing one type of driver-side airbag inflator that's used in more than 17 million U.S. vehicles covered by its expanded recalls, a top Takata executi ...

Carmakers asked by House about plans to handle cyberthreats

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
U.S. lawmakers want to know how the auto industry plans to tackle cybersecurity threats as new vehicles become increasingly connected to the Internet. ...

NHTSA prepares to reorganize its senior ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
NHTSA is preparing to restructure its management ranks following the exits of three key personnel involved with recalls and safety enforcement. ...

Automakers asked by House panel about cybersecurity policies

5:21 pm U.S. ET | May 28
As in-car Wifi and smartphone integration becomes increasingly common, lawmakers want to know how automakers plan to prevent hackers from compromising safety by tapping i ...

FCA, Ford, Honda expand Takata airbag recalls

UPDATED: 5/28/15 5:55 pm ET
Following Takata's admission last week that its defective airbags were in millions of U.S. vehicles, Fiat Chrysler will add more than 1. ...

Long wait, quick win for Florida Audi dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
After opening in December 2013, Mario Murgado's Audi Stuart near Florida's Atlantic coast was one of just a dozen dealerships to win Audi's Magna Elite Society award in 2 ...
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