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Record $105m fine for Fiat Chrysler over recalls

Record $105m fine for Fiat Chrysler over recalls

Fiat-Chrysler will buy back as many as 500,000 trucks in a hugely costly settlement with the NHTSA that also includes a penalty that could reach $105m. News of the buy-back comes after the beleaguered manufacturer agreed to recall a whopping 1.5m cars, SUVs, and trucks late last week, with today's record fine coming after the firm failed to convince the US safety regulator that it handled a total of 23 recalls affecting in excess of 11m vehicles effectively over the past few years.

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Land Rover software bug causes doors to open on their own

Land Rover software bug causes doors to open on their own

You're driving along and all is well until you turn and your door swings open -- a door you're sure was firmly shut when you got in the car. Such is a potential problem some Range Rover owners are facing due to a software bug that may cause the doors unlatch on their own. A door opening without warning could distract the driver and cause a wreck, could result in property damage, or could on the extreme end of things cause a passenger who isn't wearing a seat belt to fall out of the vehicle.

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NHTSA tech will prevent drunk drivers from starting cars

NHTSA tech will prevent drunk drivers from starting cars

No one will argue that driving under the influence is an irrational thing to do, but once you're in that situation, all rationality is clearly thrown out the window. This causes around 10,000 people to lose their lives each year. So when you aren't in a condition to make that decision not to drive, your car might make that decision for you. That is what the US Department of Transportation's National HIghway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed, showing technology that could stop cars from even starting when the driver is drunk.

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Takata to declare 33.8 million cars defective over faulty airbags

Takata to declare 33.8 million cars defective over faulty airbags

The Takata faulty airbag saga has been a long and tragic one, with the defective components resulting in at least half a dozen deaths, dozens of injuries, and numerous recalls. The end is nowhere in sight, however. Today the manufacturer is declaring approximately 33.8 million vehicles defective, and as a result the United States will likely see its largest ever recall — not just automotive recall, mind you, but largest consumer product recall that has ever taken place. And frankly, it's about time.

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Feds to probe Chrysler for (maybe) being lazy about 20 recalls

Feds to probe Chrysler for (maybe) being lazy about 20 recalls

Fiat Chrysler has gotten itself into hot water with the NHTSA, which made it known in the recent past that it is putting pressure on auto makers to improve their recall completion rates. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration announced today a future hearing during which it will examine whether the auto maker has been lazy about 20 automotive recalls totaling about 10 million vehicles, with numerous potential problems being cited. At this point the NHTSA is looking into whether the problems represent a pattern, and if so what it plans to do about it.

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2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup truck has been bestowed with a top crash rating from federal regulators, it has been announced, showing that the switch to aluminum hasn't resulted in any safety compromises. It earned the score while elbowing out some competing trucks, including those from General Motors, which scored a single star lower than the newest F-150. This is also an improvement over the crash test safety rating of its previous steel pickup, promising good things for the auto maker's future.

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Chevy Malibu hit with GM’s latest sunroof recall

Chevy Malibu hit with GM’s latest sunroof recall

General Motors is the latest auto maker to recall some vehicles due to overly sensitive controls -- in this case, the problem affects the Chevrolet Malibu. The affected cars span the 2013 to 2015 model years, and are afflicted with a problem we've been seeing a crackdown on lately: controls that are too sensitive, causing a setting to be changed (in this case, the sunroof to close) with only the slightest touch. Almost 92,000 of the Malibu vehicles are affected.

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Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan is being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the possible failure of two past recalls to properly fix the issues they were meant to cover, it has been announced. The investigation covers nearly a million cars, and concerns the front airbag seat sensors which have been covered by two recalls -- one in 2013 and one in 2014 -- which may still be faulty. This potentially concerns several car models, including the Altima, which has been subjected to multiple recalls in the recent past.

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Nissan expands hood latch recall with 640k more cars

Nissan expands hood latch recall with 640k more cars

Nissan has expanded a previous recall to include about 640,000 more vehicles, the reason being due to a potentially faulty hood latch that could allow the hood to fly upwards onto the windshield when the operator is driving. This includes some of the auto maker's newest Altima sedans, and brings the recall total -- including the previous recall -- to nearly 1.1 million cars across the globe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released documents related to the recall.

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Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

It's official: last year's auto recalls hit a record high, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes as no surprise to those who were monitoring the auto industry. Many car makers were swept up into recalls of all sizes spanning numerous issues and parts. Some, like GM, were slammed with huge recall numbers, while the Takata airbag issue has had its own substantial effect. Nearly 64 million cars were recalled in 2014, and if previous statements by the NHTSA prove true, 2015 will see even higher numbers.

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