U.S. safety agency calls for nationwide recall of Takata air bags

Nov 19, 2014

U.S. safety agency calls for nationwide recall of Takata air bags

U.S. safety regulators are demanding that automakers and Takata Corp. expand nationwide a recall of vehicles with certain driver’s side air bags equipped with inflators that can erupt and send metal fragments into the passenger compartment. Previously, cars with the inflators have been recalled ...

Nov 13, 2014

Honda starts jet engine output as it pushes into aviation business

Honda Motor Co. began manufacturing engines Wednesday for its HondaJet small aircraft at a subsidiary in Burlington, North Carolina, and expects certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in the first quarter of next year. The HF120 turbofan engine, developed jointly with U.S. electric ...

Nov 12, 2014

Toyota to recall 362,000 vehicles worldwide

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it will recall about 362,000 vehicles worldwide, including the Camry and six other models in three separate recalls. The Japanese carmaker said it will repair a faulty suspension installed in about 170,000 Camrys and Altis sedans that were sold ...

Honda to launch new Legend sedan in Japan in January

Nov 10, 2014

Honda to launch new Legend sedan in Japan in January

Honda Motor Co. will roll out the redesigned fifth-generation Legend in Japan in January with the aim of restoring its image following recalls in the home market. Honda said Monday that the new flagship luxury sedan containing the latest technology will be powered by ...

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Nov 1, 2014

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The ...

Oct 28, 2014

U.S. consumers sue Takata over air bags, seek class action

Takata Corp., the Tokyo-based company whose potentially defective air bags have led to the recall of millions of vehicles, is being sued by consumers in the U.S. who claim the firm and several car manufacturers defrauded them by concealing crucial information. The lawsuit, filed ...

Senators demand larger air bag recall of 30 million

Oct 25, 2014

Senators demand larger air bag recall of 30 million

More than 30 million vehicles in the United States could be affected by the defective air bags made by auto parts maker Takata Corp. and safety regulators in the U.S. should act quicker to replace the faulty parts, two prominent senators said. “We believe ...

Oct 12, 2014

Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say

Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their ...