Regulatory

IIHS Toughens Safety Ratings

By: Steve Plumb - December 12, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Fewer vehicles likely will receive Top Safety designations in 2020. 

Trump: No New U.S. Fuel Economy Rules till 2020

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 4:58 PM

President Donald Trump says his administration won’t unveil finalized fuel economy standards until sometime next year.

Ford Recalls F-Series Trucks for Tailgate Flaw

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 10:11 AM

Ford Motor Co. is calling back 261,600 late-model F-Series pickup trucks to fix faulty electric latches that could unlock the tailgate unintentionally.

Takata Recalls Another 1.4 Million Airbag Inflators

By: Bill Hampton - December 04, 2019 at 3:09 PM

Bankrupt Takata Corp. is recalling another 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. that were equipped with its exploding airbag inflators.

White House Asks Court to Reject Calif. Emissions Lawsuit

By: Bill Hampton - December 04, 2019 at 2:41 AM

The Trump administration has asked a federal judge to reject a California lawsuit the asserts the state’s right to set limits for carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions.

Prosecutors Raid VW Headquarters over Diesels

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:34 PM

Prosecutors in Germany raided Volkswagen AG headquarters in Wolfsburg today in an extension of the carmaker’s 4-year-old diesel emission cheating scandal.

Australia Aims to Curb Cell Phone Use with Automated Cameras

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 5:28 PM

The Australian state of New South Wales is deploying a network of high-definition cameras along roadways to catch drivers using their cell phones.

FCA Recalls Fiat 500s for Shifter Defect

By: Bill Hampton - November 27, 2019 at 11:22 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling 72,800 of its Fiat 500 minicars to replace a cable bushing that could make it impossible to shift gears.

Ford Recalls Ranger Pickups for Taillamp Flaw

By: Bill Hampton - November 26, 2019 at 3:59 PM

Ford Motor Co. is calling back 2019 model Ranger midsize pickup trucks with taillamps and rear turn signals that may stop working.

All Ride-Hailing Vehicles in Shenzhen to Be EVs

By: Steve Plumb - November 25, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Starting next month, only all-electric vehicles will be allowed to be added to ride-hailing fleets in Shenzhen.

FCA Recalls SUVs for Engine Stalling

By: Bill Hampton - November 22, 2019 at 12:23 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is calling back 698,000 SUVs worldwide to again fix a fuel pump problem that could cause the engine to stall or refuse to start.

IIHS Readies New Side-Impact Crash Test

By: Steve Plumb - November 21, 2019 at 2:42 PM

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is finalizing a new side-impact test intended to more accurately reflect real-world collisions by large SUV/crossover vehicles.