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Ford Focus door latch issue catches NHTSA attention

Ford Focus door latch issue catches NHTSA attention

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate an issue affecting 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus vehicles that, at times, could prevent the doors from latching properly. The issue is said to affect about 400,000 of the vehicles, and according to some drivers, has at times manifested while the cars are in motion. The NHTSA revealed its plans in new documents released today; this is a similar probe to the one that ultimately lead to Ford and Lincoln recalls in 2015.

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Here’s what automakers think of Obama’s autonomous car plans

Here’s what automakers think of Obama’s autonomous car plans

The auto and electronics industries alike have reacted positively to the DoT's news of a near-$4bn push for autonomous vehicles. The decade-long proposal to turn America's roads into a welcoming arena for self-driving cars - and hopefully cut casualties, emissions, and expense along the way - still needs to be approved as part of President Obama's FY17 budget, but already big names in driverless research have praised the scheme.

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This is Obama’s $4bn, 10yr plan for America’s driverless cars

This is Obama’s $4bn, 10yr plan for America’s driverless cars

The US government aims to spend almost $4bn on autonomous driving in the next decade, pushing real-world trials that put computerized cars on roads. The investment was announced by US Transportation Department Secretary Anthony Foxx at a speech at the North American International Auto Show today, and came after US President Obama discussed wide-ranging support for self-driving vehicles in his State of the Union speech earlier this week.

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Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

In January 2013, the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a minimum sound requirement for electric and hybrid vehicles, a move to protect pedestrians who may fail to notice a silent car driving past. “This proposal,” the agency had said, “will help keep everyone using our nation’s street and roadways safe.” The plan to implement such sounds has been ongoing since despite auto maker objections, but it recently hit a snag that has stalled the finalization until early next year.

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Record $200m fine for Takata over airbags

Record $200m fine for Takata over airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced its largest ever civil penalty, which has been lobbed against Takata, maker of the faulty airbags that have resulted in millions of recalls and several deaths. The penalty is for alleged Motor Vehicle Safety Act violations. In addition, and in line with what we’ve previously heard, the NHTSA has decided to take the unprecedented step of using its own authority to accelerate the recall repair rate.

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Takata airbag recall: regulators in talks about taking over

Takata airbag recall: regulators in talks about taking over

In what would end up being an unprecedented move in the U.S., government regulators are in talks about intervening in the Takata airbag scandal, doing so to ensure that all repairs are made efficiently and quickly. Reasons cited revolve around the sheer size of the recall, with a dozen major auto makers being involved and millions of cars. According to a recent report, the NHTSA is leaning in favor of taking over.

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10 automakers vow to make automatic emergency braking standard

10 automakers vow to make automatic emergency braking standard

The NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have announced that ten auto makers plan to offer automatic emergency braking as a standard feature. This is the latest step major car manufacturers are taking to bring more advanced safety technologies to a larger customer base, something that will eventually lead to such technologies being common on the road and, hopefully, a subsequent decrease in the number of crashes and deaths that happen.

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Don’t fret the car hack says Harman Kardon chief

Don’t fret the car hack says Harman Kardon chief

Fiat Chrysler infotainment supplier Harman Kardon has denied there is a widespread issue with its dashboard tech, despite a new investigation by safety regulators. 1.4 million of the company's touchscreen multimedia and navigation systems, branded Uconnect by Fiat Chrysler, have been at the center of a safety recall recently, following the discovery that hackers could remotely access them. That prompted a further NHTSA investigation, something Harman Kardon insists will come up empty.

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1.4m Fiat Chrysler radio hack recall may be tip of iceberg

1.4m Fiat Chrysler radio hack recall may be tip of iceberg

Fiat Chrysler's hackable infotainment may be the tip of the iceberg, with safety regulators broadening investigations to see if other automakers are at risk. While Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4m Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles after a flaw in its Uconnect system - potentially allowing hackers to access the dashboard systems while the car is moving - was identified, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has now requested further data from infotainment provider Harman Kardon, with an estimated 2.8m systems now under the microscope.

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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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