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TRW recall shows the mess life-saving airbags have become

6:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Federal regulators' push for a second recall of 2.1 million cars and trucks whose airbags could go off while driving delivered more cautionary tales about a complex life-saving technology that's had a very bad year....
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Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles

10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.12 million vehicles with defective electronic control units that can cause airbags to inadvertently deploy, federal safety regulators said today. The recall affects about 1 million vehicles from Toyota, 374,177 from Honda and 753,176 from Fiat Chrysler....
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Europe on track for 5th month of rising vehicle output

Jan. 31, 2015 06:01 CET
European light vehicle production is estimated to rise 1 percent to 1.36 million vehicles in January, the fifth consecutive month of higher output. BMW, Fiat, Ford and VW were forecast to have the biggest production increases on strong demand for new models....
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Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. The fatal crash in Texas marked the sixth death linked to inflators made by Takata and highlights some of the pitfalls of the current vehicle recall system....
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Honda cuts profit target as Takata airbag recalls bite

2:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Honda sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty airbags made by Takata. Honda also said third-quarter earnings fell 23 percent as it soaked up recall costs....
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THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch victims accepting offers, Feinberg says

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
General Motors' compensation program for victims of ignition-switch accidents is meeting its goal of sidelining many potential lawsuits, according to the lawyer handling the payments....
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European suppliers poised for boost from self-driving cars, lower emissions

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
European suppliers such as Faurecia and Valeo have a five- to 10-year window for above-average organic growth because of trends such as the race to produce vehicles that can drive themselves and to build cars that are more fuel efficient, according to a report....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag

6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

U.S. safety regulators seek Takata whistleblowers

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Federal safety regulators want to find whistleblowers with knowledge “of possible defects or any wrongdoing” by Takata, stepping up pressure on the airbag maker whose products are linked to five deaths and dozens of injuries....
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U.S. driver death rates fall more than a third in 3 years, IIHS says

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
After the year of the recall, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shared some positive news about vehicle safety: The likelihood of driver deaths in late-model vehicles has fallen more than a third in the US in three years, IIHS said in a status report today....
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Toyota recalls 52,000 Avalons to fix potential wiring fire hazard

10:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales USA said it plans to recall about 52,000 Avalon sedans from the 2011-12 model years for wiring that could cause a fire....
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GM denies request by U.S. senators to extend ignition-switch claims deadline

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
General Motors today denied a request from two US senators to extend the Saturday deadline for victims of the company's defective ignition switch to apply for compensation. “Our goal is to be just and timely in compensating the families who lost loved ones and those who suffered physical injury," GM said in a statement. "We previously extended the deadline until January 31, and we do not plan another extension.”...
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Auto bosses say billions in savings at stake if EU-U.S. trade deal fails

Jan. 28, 2015 19:41 CET
The CEOs of Germany's top auto companies said Wednesday that they could save roughly 5 billion euros in annual costs if the European and U.S. governments can agree on a landmark free trade deal....
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Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems

9:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two recalls....
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Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems

9:40 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Nissan is recalling about 768,000 vehicles, including its popular Rogue crossover and Pathfinder SUV, for separate problems, the company and federal regulators said today....
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Oil-price drop may threaten to undercut Obama's clean-energy legacy

7:27 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Last year's 33 percent drop in gasoline prices already has automakers laying the groundwork to challenge more stringent fuel economy targets for new cars....
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Zetsche, other top auto chiefs to lobby for EU-U.S. trade deal

Jan. 27, 2015 21:06 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn and other captains of Germany's automotive industry have gathered in Berlin today to try to rally support for a transatlantic free trade deal that faces potential collapse....
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Germany plans driverless-car pilot project on autobahn

Jan. 27, 2015 10:36 CET
Germany plans a driverless-car pilot project on a portion of the A9 autobahn between Munich and Berlin. The project would be one of the first to equip a stretch of public highway specifically for testing autonomous vehicles....
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Connected-car ecosystem will take a big test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Automakers and suppliers are working on cars that not only maneuver independently but also communicate with one another and with the surrounding infrastructure, creating a buzzing community among themselves....
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Dana sells Venezuelan unit amid exchange rate trouble

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
As Venezuela’s automotive industry continues to falter amid exchange rate problems, powertrain supplier Dana Holding today said that it has sold its Venezuelan unit, CA Danaven....
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GM’s confirmed ignition deaths hit 50 as claims deadline nears

1:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Confirmed deaths tied to General Motors' defective ignition switches stand at 50, four times GM’s estimate through much of 2014, as a deadline nears Saturday for sending in claims....
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Audi to recall 80,000 vehicles; China hit hardest

Jan. 26, 2015 12:23 CET
Audi says it will recall 80,000 vehicles globally due to fuel-injection issues, adding that about 35,000 are from China. The cars, which were made between April 2011 and April 2012, include various A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 models, Chinese authorities said....
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KEITH CRAIN

Time to rethink auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Keith Crain is looking forward to seeing how new Administrator Mark Rosekind reshapes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Claims against GM over ignitions pass 2,800

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
General Motors has received 108 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,818, according to the official administering the compensation program....
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Kia recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Kia is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the US because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to documents filed by federal auto safety regulators....
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