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Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Joint Testing Initiative for Airbags

December 3, 2014 2:16 pm | by Toyota Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota today called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls.                         

Takata: Evidence Does Not Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall.             

Takata Panel To Audit Air Bag Inflator Production

December 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is forming a panel to audit its manufacturing and come up with ways to make safe air bag inflators, but the company's response to a U.S. demand for a national inflator recall remains unclear.     

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Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, two automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states.                         

GM Recalling Vehicles to Fix Headlights

December 2, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 316,357 vehicles in North America because their headlights can stop working.                                         

Regulators Investigating Child Car Seat Recall

December 2, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.                         

NTSB Points to Battery Defect in Boeing 787 Fire

December 1, 2014 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A report by federal accident investigators points to a manufacturing defect as the likely cause of an internal short circuit that led to a battery fire in a Boeing 787 airliner parked at Boston's airport last year.           

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 36

December 1, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                

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Toyota Recalls 30K Minivans Worldwide

December 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 30,000 Sienna Minivans worldwide, saying the 2015 models' overhead assist grips can detach when an air bag deploys.                               

Woman Cleared in Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 11:24 am | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death.     

Honda Admits Failing to Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 10:46 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.                           

Utility Workers Rescued From Platform in WI

November 25, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four utility workers have been brought to safety after getting stuck on a platform about 150 feet above the ground at the We Energies plant in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.                       

Mazda Recalls Cars to Fix Tire Pressure Monitors

November 25, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling nearly 100,000 midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.                                      

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U.S. Closes Ford Steering Probe Without Recall

November 25, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into steering problems in more than 500,000 Ford full-size cars without seeking a recall.                               

Report: Plant's Chemicals Not Listed in 911 Call

November 24, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent chemical leak were trapped inside the Texas pesticide plant for an hour before anyone called 911, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.             

Company Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

November 21, 2014 11:06 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Graco, a children’s products manufacturer based out of Atlanta,Georgia, is issuing a stroller recall after six reports of fingertip amputations.                               

Government Tells Chrysler to Speed Up Jeep Recall

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's auto safety agency is telling Chrysler to speed up a recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision.                            

Senators Get No Clear Answers on Air Bag Safety

November 21, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.         

Toyota Recalls Nearly 432K Lexuses for Fuel Leaks

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.                                        

Robots Take Over Security in Silicon Valley

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

The new K5 robot features laser scanning and a 360-degree live video camera, but it won't be chasing down the bad guys. It's designed to move around people as it sends images back to a command center.               

Ford Builds Robot for Rough Roads

November 20, 2014 2:33 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford developed robots to drive their trucks on the worst roads imaginable. Some courses are so bad they'd injure human passengers. Peter Valdes-Dapena rides shotgun.                         

Takata Quality Chief: Air Bag Recall Not Necessary

November 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary.                        

Self-Driving Cars: Safer, but What of Their Morals?

November 20, 2014 10:19 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic. While cars that do most or even all of the driving may be much safer, accidents happen.

Minivans Do Poorly in New Crash Tests

November 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Caravan all garnered the lowest rating on the small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle's front corner collides with another object at 40 miles per hour.

Nominee for Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist with a Ph.D from Yale, to be the U.S. government's top auto safety regulator, pending Senate confirmation.      

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