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Fiat Chrysler under tighter scrutiny after record NHTSA penalty

4:10 pm U.S. ET | July 27
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of close oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of pickup trucks as par ...

FCA pact gives broad powers to NHTSA monitor

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 27
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's consent agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles grants sweeping powers to an independent monitor tasked with oversee ...

Fiat Chrysler hit with record $105 million U.S. penalty over recalls

UPDATED: 7/27/15 2:40 pm ET - adds FCA's details
Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of additional oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of vehicles as part of a sweep ...

Wiping out U.S.-EU rules disparities would yield big savings

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25
Automakers are pushing governments to streamline safety regulations in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free-trade deal the U.S. and E.U. are negotiatin ...

U.S. Senate weighs highway bill with modest safety reforms

UPDATED: 7/21/15 5:34 pm ET - adds details
A six-year highway funding bill considered by the Senate would provide a path for safety regulators to impose bigger fines on automakers and take limited steps to address ...

Former GM researcher, auto safety expert Donald Friedman dies at 88

UPDATED: 7/17/15 4:34 pm ET - adds details
Donald Friedman, a former General Motors researcher and auto safety consultant, died last month in Southern California. He was 88. ...

VW plans parts warehouse serving West Coast dealerships

10:35 am U.S. ET | July 17
Volkswagen Group of America will spend $6.8 million to open a new parts distribution center in Sacramento, Calif., to serve dealers in the Pacific northwest and northern ...

Michael Mangapit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Improved Audi Tacoma's customer satisfaction from worst to best in the Seattle market in 2012 amid a dramatic fixed operations expansion; grew service department sales to ...

Senate introduces bill clamping down on vehicle defects

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 10
New vehicles would be required to have a dashboard warning light to tell drivers that their vehicles have been recalled under a sweeping auto safety reform bill backed a ...

Rosekind expects NHTSA to act fast against FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Despite overhauling its safety and recall operations since September, Fiat Chrysler is almost certain to face enforcement actions by federal regulators over alleged viola ...

Audi adds diesel to its best-selling A4

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Audi will offer a diesel engine in its best-selling sedan, the A4, for the first time when the redesigned car arrives in U.S. showrooms next year. ...

Detroit 3 seek EPA credits for paint, glass

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5
The latest round of requests from the Detroit 3 for “off-cycle” emissions credits highlight some of the many tools automakers can use to comply with EPA regul ...

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 ...
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