safety

Vancouver Retains Title of World's Most Liveable City

For the fifth straight year, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, bested 139 other cities worldwide in ratings of "relative comfort" to hold onto the right to call itself the World's 'Most Liveable' City, according to new rankings by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

Electronics Didn't Cause Toyota Sudden Acceleration

In an affirmation of Toyota's claims, an exhaustive 10-month federal investigation has found no evidence of an electronic source for sudden unintended acceleration in companpy's vehicles. Indeed, human error was cited as the cause in many cases.

Ford Recalls 525,000 Windstar Minivans for Steering Issue

Ford is recalling more than half a million minivans to repair parts that could corrode and affect vehicle handling. The action involves Ford Windstar minivans from the 1999 to 2003 model years that were sold in cold-weather areas where salt is routinely used to de-ice roads.

Toyota Keeps Slim Lead Over GM Despite Recall Woes

Toyota managed to hold onto the title of world's No. 1 automaker last year, despite numerous safety recalls that took a toll on its sales. Toyota sold 8.42 million vehicles worldwide in 2010, enough to barely edge out resurgent General Motors, which rang up sales of 8.39 million.

Ford and Toyota in Dead Heat Among Consumer Perceptions

Toyota's recent spate of quality woes have allowed competitors to steal sales from the beleaguered automaker. Ford is also catching up with Toyota in another important measure of auto industry success -- consumers' opinions of vehicle brands.

Chrysler and Ford Recall 160,000 Vehicles for Safety Defects

Chrysler Group is recalling more than 144,000 Dodge and Ram vehicles in three separate actions, and Ford Motor is recalling about 15,000 trucks and sport-utility vehicles that may catch fire. These actions add to what's been a near-record for auto recalls.

2010 Likely Busiest Year for Auto Recalls in Seven Years

2010 may be the year of the car recall, with the U.S.'s six largest suppliers recalling more than 19 million vehicles over the last 12 months. Toyota, which recalled about 7 million cars this year, tops the list. General Motors, at about 4 million, came in second.

Feds Open Probe into Whether GM Should Recall Saturn Ion Models

The federal government is investigating whether some 384,000 Saturn Ion compact cars should have been included in a recall earlier this year. The recall was for more than one million General Motors models to repair power steering units that could fail.

Hyundai/Kia and VW Top Latest Safety Ratings

Who makes the safest cars? Hyundai Motor and its sister make, Kia Motors, along with Volkswagen and its luxury brand, Audi, garnered the most awards in the recent vehicle crash tests conducted by an insurance industry testing group.

General Motors Recalls 100,000 SUVs to Repair Seat Belts

Topping off a week in which Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, VW, Chrysler and Ford between them recalled hundreds of thousands of vehicles, General Motors today announced it is recalling 100,000 SUVs to repair front row seat belts that may come loose in a crash.

Ford Adds 37,000 Windstar Minivans to Axle Recall

Ford is expanding this summer's recall of Windstar minivans to replace axles that may crack after exposure to road salt. The automaker is adding 37,000 units in the U.S. and Canada to the original 575,000 Windstars from the 1998 to 2003 model years it recalled in August.

Toyota's Latest Recall: 94,000 Sienna Minivans

The beleaguered Japanese carmaker is sending notices to Sienna owners to warn them of brake-light switch brackets that are susceptible to damage and could lead to eventual loss of braking effectiveness. No accidents relating to the defect have been reported.

Seat Problem Prompts Volvo to Recall 7,420 Vehicles

Swedish automaker Volvo is recalling 7,420 sedans and wagons to fix seats that may allow front passengers to move the seats too far forward, putting them at risk of injury in a crash, federal safety officials said Monday.

Toyota Asks Court to Toss Unintended Acceleration Lawsuits

Toyota is asking a federal court in California to dismiss lawsuits claiming that electronics -- not floor mats or sticky gas pedals -- are the cause of unintended acceleration in its vehicles, saying plaintiffs have not proved there's a design defect in the vehicles' electronic systems.

Toyota Earnings Preview: Recalls May Hurt

When Toyota Motor reports quarterly earnings tomorrow it will give investors the latest snapshot of how big a toll massive recalls and tepid auto sales are taking on the company's bottom line.

Halliburton Responds to Cement Test Claims

Halliburton (HAL) defended itself against claims that it was aware of test results showing that the cement to be used as a plug for the bottom of the Macondo oil well was unstable.

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.

GM Vehicles Rise in Consumer Reports' Latest Quality Survey

Although Honda and Toyota remain the benchmark of reliability in the U.S. automobile industry, General Motors has made considerable strides in improving the quality of its cars and trucks, according to the magazine's 2010 Annual New Car Reliability Survey.

BMW Recalls 150,000 Cars for Faulty Fuel Pumps

BMW's North America unit is recalling about 150,000 cars and sports-utility vehicles in two separate actions to fix faulty fuel pumps that could cause the vehicles to lose power, the German automaker said Tuesday.