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Regulators Eye New Safety Regulations for Vehicle Cabins

NHTSA has announced occupant protection safety standards for vehicles with automated driving systems, covering everything from seatbelt reminders to advanced airbags.

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NHTSA Investigates Whether Ford Dealership Failed to Comply with Federal Safety Regulation

U.S. auto safety regulators investigate whether a New York Ford dealership delivered a new vehicle with an outstanding safety recall.

Biden Administration to Unveil Tougher Fuel Economy Standards

The new standards will reverse the Trump Administration’s rollback of U.S. regulations aimed at improving gas mileage and cutting tailpipe pollution.

NHTSA Final CAFE Ruling to Hike Fines for Automakers

With the new ruling, fines for vehicles that fall short of fuel economy standards will cost automakers at least $1 billion annually.

Recalled Cars Create A Costly Problem for U.S. Auto Dealers

Honda Motor Co’s order that its U.S. dealers stop selling some 2.2 million of the automakers’ most popular models is compounding financial and regulatory headaches for car dealers stuck with millions of vehicles that have potentially hazardous air bags or other safety defects, reports Reuters.  With the recalls affecting Honda vehicles dating back several years, used-car ... Read More »

Transportation Bill Paves the Way Toward Digital Vehicle Transactions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Billed as a down payment for building a 21st century transportation system, the recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or Fast Act, contains a provision that clears a key hurdle in the industry’s drive toward a fully digital transaction. Inside the 1,300-page bill President Obama signed into law on Dec. 4 ... Read More »

Feds Fine Fiat Chrysler $70 Million

DETROIT, Mich. – The federal agency in charge of vehicle safety in the U.S. has leveled a $70 million civil penalty on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for the company’s failure to report some legally required safety data, reports mlive.com.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the penalty Thursday. It follows FCA’s ... Read More »

Chrysler Posts a 3% Drop in Profit After $90 Million Fine

DETROIT —  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Wednesday that profits at its American subsidiary fell 3 percent in the second quarter, primarily because of a record civil penalty against the company for violating federal safety laws, reports the New York Times. The subsidiary, which encompasses operations of the former Detroit automaker Chrysler, reported net income of ... Read More »

Over 40,000 Daimler Vans Will Need New Airbags

Daimler AG made 40,061 vans from 2005 to 2008 with airbags that must be replaced, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said, reported by Bloomberg Business. The affected vehicles, the 2007-2008 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 and the 2007-2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500 and 3500, were manufactured from July 1, 2005, to July 31, 2008, and ... Read More »

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NHTSA Admits Faults in GM Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration admitted Friday it made a series of errors in its handling of General Motors Co.’s delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches linked to 109 deaths and more than 200 injuries, reports The Detroit News. The federal agency pledged to make significant reforms. NHTSA is bracing ... Read More »

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