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  • DETROIT— Evenflo is recalling nearly 30,000 combination booster seats because children can loosen the harness without an adult's knowledge. The Miamisburg, Ohio, company will notify registered owners and provide a remedy kit with a replacement harness adjustment button at no cost. The recall is expected to start on Sept. 26.

  • WASHINGTON— Obama administration officials are previewing long-awaited guidance that attempts to bring self-driving cars to the nation's roadways safely— without creating so many roadblocks that the technology can't make it to market quickly. Traditional automakers and tech companies have been testing self-driving prototypes on public roads for...

  • DETROIT— General Motors and the Canadian auto workers union Unifor have reached a tentative contract agreement, averting a strike that was threatened for midnight Monday. Union President Jerry Dias said the deal will bring new products to the Oshawa assembly plant near Toronto and an engine plant in St. Catherines, Ontario. The deal brings an end to fears that GM...

  • DETROIT— There is no sense paying a premium for premium gasoline if your car is designed to run on regular, according to research by the automobile club AAA. But premium blends can cost around 50 cents a gallon more than regular. "Drivers see the' premium' name at the pump and may assume the fuel is better for their vehicle," said John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of...

  • DETROIT, Sept 20- General Motors Co on Tuesday announced its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle will cost under $30,000 after tax breaks, a price that makes it significantly cheaper than the average new U.S. vehicle and sets up a test of whether the technology can go mainstream in the United States. The least expensive Bolt will start at $37,495 before a $7,500...

  • Sept 19- Tesla Motors Inc said on Monday its proposed acquisition of SolarCity Corp could be delayed because of shareholder lawsuits alleging board members breached their fiduciary duty, the latest hurdle to a $2.6 billion deal. A hearing is scheduled on Oct. 18 in Delaware. Since Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk is the biggest shareholder in both Tesla...

  • Pilot models of the Uber self-driving car.

    Uber will soon open an office in Detroit. The office will help Uber collaborate with automakers and suppliers based in the area.

  • DETROIT— Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. will soon open an office in Detroit. Ties between Detroit and Silicon Valley are growing as research into self-driving cars accelerates. Google's self-driving car project recently opened an office in the Detroit area, while NVIDIA, which makes computer processors, has software engineers embedded at...

  • DETROIT— Within five years, a majority of ride-hailing company Lyft's rides will be in self-driving cars, the company's co-founder and president predicted on Sunday. John Zimmer also said that personal car ownership will come to an end because autonomous rides will become a cheaper way to travel than owning an automobile. San Francisco- based Lyft is testing...

  • DETROIT, Sept 16- General Motors Co has asked U.S. safety regulators to a delay a recall of 980,000 trucks with Takata air bag inflators to allow it to demonstrate the vehicles are safe and avoid a hit to profits. In a Sept. 2 petition filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and made public on Friday, the Detroit automaker asked the agency to...

  • Israel- based Mobileye said Friday that last year, prior to the release of Autopilot, it warned Tesla not to allow drivers to use the system without their hands on the steering wheel. Mobileye's statement escalates a public spat with Tesla and will almost certainly draw the interest of two federal agencies investigation the death of a driver while using...

  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday it's recalling more than 1.9 million vehicles worldwide because their air bags might not deploy in a crash. Most are in the U.S., but 224,860 were sold in Canada and Mexico and 284,051 were sold outside North America. The recall is unrelated to General Motors Co.' s recall last week of more than 4 million vehicles...

  • DETROIT, Sept 15- Self-driving cars and electric vehicles could provide important sources of new revenue for Adient, the $17- billion automotive seating and interiors business that is being spun out of Johnson Controls Inc, Adient's top executive said on Thursday. Adient will be the world's largest supplier of seats and interiors when it begins trading Oct. 31...

  • DETROIT— Truckers are warning that a government plan to electronically limit the speed of tractor-trailers will lead to highway traffic jams and possibly an increase in deadly run-ins with cars. Speeds could be limited to 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour when the rule is finalized after a comment period that ends Nov. 7. The National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- Japan- based Alpha Corp will pay a $9 million criminal fine after admitting its role in "a price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy" over automotive access mechanisms used in cars, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

  • *Father of victim sues Tesla for $1,500, legal costs. SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Sept 15- A Chinese man suing Tesla Motors Inc after his son was killed while driving one of the U.S. car makers' vehicles argues that the responsiveness of the car's "autopilot" function was responsible for the accident, his lawyer said. The lawsuit in China would be the first involving the...

  • DETROIT— Hyundai is recalling about 41,000 small SUVs in the U.S. because a software glitch can stop the vehicles from accelerating. Hyundai says it started getting reports in June that the engines would rev but the SUVs wouldn't move after coming to a stop. Hyundai at first sent a service bulletin to dealers but decided to do a recall after meeting with the safety...

  • Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Party of New York Presidential Convention, September 7, 2016.

    Trump blasts Ford's announcement that it is moving all small-car production to Mexico.

  • Assembly workers work on the 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles on the production line at the Ford Motor Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, August 20, 2015.

    Ford Motor Co Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields said that all of the company's small-car production would be leaving U.S. plants.

  • The company is taking a cautious path on this course, its chief executive, Mark Fields, indicated in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday. Also, Ford Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields said all of the company's small-car production will be leaving U.S. plants and heading to lower-cost Mexico over the next two to three years. Ford disclosed its outlook ahead of...