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  • DETROIT— Subaru is recalling some 2015 vehicles to fix a software problem that could cause the automatic braking system to fail. Subaru says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators that the problem can increase the risk of a crash. Subaru says it could take too long for the car to tell the driver that the assist system shouldn't be used.

  • Acura recalls 106,000 MDX SUVs; pulley can fall off Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:04 AM ET

    DETROIT— Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists. The Honda luxury brand says the recall covers 2014 and 2015 MDX SUVs. The air conditioner clutch drive bolt can loosen or break, which could cause a pulley to fall under the vehicle.

  • DETROIT— Mitsubishi is recalling about 460,000 cars in the U.S. because the air bags have the potential to push sun visors into passengers and cause injuries in a crash. Mitsubishi reported the first injury claim was filed in March of 2006, and other claims were filed in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Yet the cars were not recalled until May, the company said in...

  • Detroit, June 24- General Motors Co is developing technology to allow new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the automaker's head of vehicle development said on Wednesday. Reuss, meeting with reporters in Detroit, did not lay out a specific timetable for deploying the new, upgradeable electrical and data systems, but indicated it would be soon.

  • New Chevy Cruze gets bigger and roomier with more power Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DETROIT— Five years ago, General Motors revealed an all-new compact car in the U.S. that was designed to enter a market that GM ignored for decades. The Chevrolet Cruze accomplished its mission. "We retained all the attributes that made the original Cruze a hit around the globe and built on them to make this car more sophisticated, more fun," said Alan Batey, GM's North...

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for water leak problem Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler is recalling 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs worldwide to install shields that stop water from getting into the power rear lift gate controls. The company says the recall covers the 2014 and 2015 model years. It addresses a problem that could cause a fire.

  • Ford joins competitors in growing car-sharing field Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:30 PM ET

    June 23- Ford Motor Co will test new car-sharing programs with U.S. and UK partners as part of a strategy to embrace alternatives to traditional car ownership, including more flexible on-demand models. Ford's finance arm is launching pilot car-sharing programs with Getaround in the United States and easyCar Club in London, Ford Chief Executive Officer Mark...

  • PALO ALTO, Calif./ DETROIT, June 23- Ford Motor Co is joining other global automakers in stepping up efforts to roll out self-driving cars, company executives said on Tuesday. Ford has lagged behind competitors, notably General Motors Co, Volkswagen AG's Audi, Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz and Tesla Motors Inc, which have all announced plans to begin offering...

  • PALO ALTO, Calif./ DETROIT, June 23- Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it will expand automated safety technology across its global vehicle lineup over the next five years. Ford also said that two features already available on its Mondeo sedan in Europe- one that applies brakes automatically to avoid collisions and another to detect the presence of pedestrians- will be...

  • June 23- U.S. auto safety regulators said on Tuesday their estimate for the millions of vehicles affected by the Takata Corp air bag recall will likely be revised because cars with two front air bags were double-counted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come under fire for failing early on to catch the defective Takata air bag inflators,...

  • Feds probe Jeep Wranglers; air bags may not inflate Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:19 AM ET

    DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a wiring problem in Jeep Wrangler steering wheels could stop the air bags from inflating in a crash. The probe covers about 630,000 Wranglers from the 2007 through 2012 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 221 complaints that the air bag warning light is...

  • WASHINGTON— Senators threatened Tuesday to withhold additional funding from the nation's top auto safety agency until it improves its ability to spot defective parts like Takata Corp.' s exploding air bags. The Senate Commerce Committee met to grill Takata on its ongoing recall of 33.8 million air bags, the largest recall in U.S. history.

  • June 23- U.S. auto safety regulators on Tuesday said their estimate for the millions of vehicles affected by the Takata air bag recall will likely be revised because cars with two front air bags were double-counted. The Obama administration last month said it was doubling the number of vehicles involved to nearly 34 million, making the Takata recall the largest...

  • DETROIT, June 22- Air bag maker Takata Corp may have put profits before safety in a way that contributed to one of the biggest and most complex auto recalls ever, Democrats on a U.S. Senate committee said in a report released on Monday. The report by the minority on the Senate Commerce Committee was released the day before a Washington hearing on Takata's defective...

  • DETROIT, June 22- Air bag maker Takata Corp may have put profits before safety, Democrats on a U.S. Senate committee said in a report released on Monday. The report by the minority on the committee on commerce, science and transportation was released the day before a Washington hearing on Takata's defective inflators, which are linked to more than 100 injuries and...

  • Senators say Takata may have put profits over safety Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    DETROIT— A group of U.S. senators says automotive air bag maker Takata Corp. may have placed profit over safety by halting safety audits of factories. Democratic members of the Senate Commerce Committee made the allegation in a report on the Takata air bag crisis, citing internal company emails showing that the global audits were stopped for financial reasons...

  • DETROIT— The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors' small cars has risen by three to 117.. Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM last year. GM paid $200 million to settle claims filed with Feinberg as of March 31.

  • ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich., June 22- General Motors Co on Monday announced it will add 300 jobs and spend $245 million for an "all-new vehicle program" at its Orion Assembly plant near Detroit. GM would not reveal the name or type of vehicle program, but said production would begin in three to four years. The investment is part of a previously announced $5.4 billion of...

  • DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of braking problems with Dodge Dart compact cars. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 121,000 Darts made by Fiat Chrysler from the 2013 model year. The agency says it has 18 complaints that brake pedals can be hard to depress and braking distance...

  • *Rules would cut fuel costs by $170 billion in 2018-2027. WASHINGTON, June 19- The Obama administration proposed new rules on Friday to slash greenhouse gas emissions from heavy, long-haul trucks, a move to attack climate change that prompted a wary response from industry groups worried about the costs. The complex proposal from the U.S. Environmental...