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Takata Airbag Kills 16th Person in U.S., NHTSA Says

Takata Airbag Kills 16th Person in U.S., NHTSA Says

Takata’s faulty airbags that triggered the most expansive automotive recall in U.S. industry have killed another person, according to a newly completed investigation, bringing the total number of U.S. fatalities tied to the airbags to 16. Following a joint inspection...
NHTSA Moves to Accelerate Autonomous Vehicle Petitions

NHTSA Moves to Accelerate Autonomous Vehicle Petitions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will no longer need to determine if a petition complete to issue summary for public comment, hoping to accelerate the process for getting autonomous vehicles on the road. The agency cut the requirement wanting to...
Hyundai, Kia Owners File Suit About Engine Fires

Hyundai, Kia Owners File Suit About Engine Fires

U.S. owners of select Hyundai and Kia models filed suit against the automakers in the U.S. trying to resolve a possible defected that may cause some engines to catch fire. The affected vehicles are already part of an ongoing investigation by U.S. regulators. The more...
VW Denies Chairman Poetsch Knew About Scandal Early

VW Denies Chairman Poetsch Knew About Scandal Early

Volkswagen officials are denying reports that Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch knew about the diesel emissions cheating allegations before they were revealed by U.S. authorities in September 2015. German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that Poetsch found out about the...
NHTSA Probing 2.7M GM Trucks, Utes for Brake Problem

NHTSA Probing 2.7M GM Trucks, Utes for Brake Problem

Federal safety regulators are investigating problems with 2.7 million General Motors full-size pickups and sport-utility vehicles after fielding more than 100 complaints with the brakes on those vehicles. A brake vacuum pump may break down, requiring the driver to...
U.S. Regulators May Force GM to Expand Wiper Recall

U.S. Regulators May Force GM to Expand Wiper Recall

General Motors is under investigation by U.S. safety regulators that are considering forcing the company to expand a windshield wiper recall to cover 1.7 million additional sport-utility vehicles. The company recalled 368,000 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs for...
NHTSA Investigating Mercedes’ Recall Protocols

NHTSA Investigating Mercedes’ Recall Protocols

Mercedes-Benz USA is alleged to have dragged its heels on mailing recall notes to the owners of 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it found after an extensive review the German automaker has been exceeding the time...
Tesla Losing Top Executives as Uncertainty Sets In

Tesla Losing Top Executives as Uncertainty Sets In

Tesla’s been hit by wave after wave of difficult news, situations and investigations, apparently causing some executives to rethink the viability of the company. Liam O’Connor, Tesla’s vice president of global supply management, is the latest of a group of...