Auto Safety

Honda, Chrysler and Toyota Issue Safety Recalls Involving 77,000 Cars

Three top automakers are recalling vehicles for items ranging from steering problems to stalling engines to faulty tire-pressure monitoring systems. The largest involves 35,000 Honda Civic hybrid models to fix electrical components that could cause headlights to shut off or the engine to stall.

Honda to Recall 1.35 Million Fit Cars

Honda Motor Co (HMC) is recalling 1.35 million Fit subcompact cars to repair defective wiring in the headlights. The carmaker said it would recall 143,000 cars in the United States and 734,000 cars in Japan, according to The Associated Press.

Toyota Denies New Unintended Acceleration Claims

Toyota Motor is once again defending itself against claims that it sought to cover up vehicle defects after it reportedly bought back cars that accelerated unintentionally but failed to disclose the problem to federal safety officials.

Toyota Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Toyota Motor is issuing another recall -- this time it involves 740,000 cars and sports-utility vehicles in the U.S. and nearly 600,000 units in Japan to repair a seal on the vehicles' brake master cylinder that may leak fluid and impair braking performance.

Daimler Will Recall 85,000 Mercedes Cars in the U.S.

Daimler AG (DDAIF) is recalling about 85,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S. to adjust their power-steering systems. The adjustment is aimed to prevent the loss of power steering fluid, The Wall Street Journal said, citing a statement on the website of U.S. traffic authority NHTSA.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Fuel Tanks Spark a Safety Probe

A federal safety review has been launched targeting some 3 million older model Jeep Grand Cherokees on concerns that their fuel tanks may catch fire in a crash. A report likens the problem to the Ford Pinto's.

BMW's Engine Problems: How Big a Safety Risk?

DailyFinance's Peter Cohan has found that certain models of BMW's 335 and 535 might have faulty fuel pumps that can result in diminished engine power or a complete stall. No recalls are in effect. And so far, no one has been seriously hurt. What happens if that changes?

Crash dummies head to Smithsonian

It's official. The crash dummies are joining the slippers from the Wizard of Oz in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's...

Five Ford Models Are Among Those Getting Top Safety Rating

A trio of Ford Motor midsized sedans are among 2010 vehicles that topped the list of an insurance industry crash-testing organization's tests for safety. Hyundai, VW and Audi models also made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top grade.

Toyota Posts Profits, Woes Mount

Toyota announced a profit for its last fiscal year, even in the face of massive recalls. But as the U.S. opens another investigation into its safety practices, investors have to think about the potential damage from fines and lawsuits.

Consumer Reports Warns: Don't Buy New Lexus SUV

Toyota's long list of woes is getting a little longer: For the first time in nearly a decade, Consumer Reports has issued a "don't buy" warning on a vehicle, the Lexus GX 460. The magazine says handling problems could lead to rollover accidents in the Toyota-made SUV.

State Farm Warned About Toyota in 2004

State Farm, the nation's largest car insurance company, has discovered that it first told federal regulators about problems with Toyota cars in 2004, not 2007 as earlier reported. The new information will probably play into a number of class action and product liability lawsuits against Toyota.

Toyota Chief Agrees to Testify Before Congress

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said Wednesday that doesn't intend to testify before Congress. But on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns, the powerful head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs, invited him to appear at a hearing next week to "help clarify the situation."

Akio Toyoda Bows Out of U.S. Hearings

Mr. Toyoda won't be coming to Washington after all. He says he'll let local execs testify before Congress. And he acknowledges that the much-criticized carmaker is considering a recall of its hugely popular Corolla for steering problems.

Toyota Announces Brake Override System

Toyota plans to install a brake override system in all of its new cars. The company will also appoint a global quality committee. But will this bring customers back?

The Feds Crank Up the Heat on Toyota Motor

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's using its statutory authority to compel Toyota to hand over documents relating to the recalls. If found in violation of any laws, the carmaker could face civil penalties of up to $16.4 million.