Regulatory

Merkel: Germany Will Make Diesel Retrofit Decision by October

July 20, 2018 at 3:23 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the government will decide before the end of September whether to order carmakers to retrofit diesel cars with catalytic converters.

White House Finalizing Proposed Fuel Economy Freeze

July 20, 2018 at 12:29 AM

The Trump administration may announce a plan that would freeze U.S. emission standards at 2020 levels as early as next week, according to media reports.

Federal Audit Faults NHTSA on Takata Recall Oversight

July 19, 2018 at 2:06 AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has drawn out the recall of exploding Takata Corp. airbag inflators by not following its own guidelines.

Ford Recalls 549,100 Vehicles to Fix Gear Shift Defect

July 18, 2018 at 10:51 AM

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 549,100 small cars and SUVs in North America to fix a flaw that could put the transmission in a gear other than the one intended by the driver.

New EPA Chief to Meet Calif. Regulators on Emission Rules

July 17, 2018 at 3:32 PM

The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to meet on Tuesday with the California’s top air quality chief to discuss White House plans to freeze vehicle emission standards.

Ford Agrees to $299 Million Settlement for Takata Recalls

July 16, 2018 at 5:10 PM

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay out $299 million to compensate customers for economic losses related to replacing explosion-prone Takata airbag inflators.

Germany Confirms Hearing on Opel Diesel Emissions

July 16, 2018 at 1:07 AM

Germany’s transport ministry (KBA) has found evidence of a device that shuts off diesel emission controls in certain late-model Opel vehicles, Bild am Sonntag reports.

Nissan to Replace Takata Airbag Inflators in 104,800 Cars

July 13, 2018 at 11:40 AM

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling nearly 105,000 small cars in the U.S. to replace passenger-side frontal airbag inflators that could explode in a crash.

Ontario Pulls the Plug on EV Rebates

July 13, 2018 at 9:53 AM

Fulfilling a campaign promises, new Ontario Premier Doug Ford has ended incentives for electrified and fuel cell-powered vehicles and charging stations.

U.S. in No Hurry to Regulate Autonomous Vehicles

July 12, 2018 at 5:57 PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the emerging technology involved in self-driving cars is too new to be tightly regulated yet.

Stuttgart Will Begin Ban on Old Diesels in 2019

July 11, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Stuttgart, Germany, will begin banning older diesel-powered vehicles next year in an effort to meet air quality standards.

U.K. Softens “Ban” on Non-Electric Cars

July 09, 2018 at 4:39 PM

The U.K.’s previously announced ban on piston-powered cars by 2040 has been softened to permit hybrids, which would offer zero-emission “capability.”