Takata recently agreed to pay $1 billion to close the books on a federal criminal investigation into its shrapnel-shooting airbags linked to 11 deaths, but the auto parts company — and several automakers — must still answer allegations that these airbags were a known problem long before the massive recall. [More]
We’re all used to the idea of pressing a button to roll down your car window. What we’re not used to — because it would be insanely dangerous — is pressing the window button and having the door open instead. [More]
For a while now, we’ve shared horror stories from people whose tempered glass shower doors exploded with no warning. while the glass is designed to break into small pieces inside the car and really freaking drivers and passengers out. [More]
Four years after a consumer group asked federal safety regulators to recall more than 850,000 Nissan vehicles based on hundreds of owner complaints that the cars would unexpectedly lose speed or stall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declined to pursue the issue, despite finding there was a mechanical problem with the vehicle transmissions. [More]
Nissan is one of the top auto brands in the country, which is nice and all, but the owner of the country’s largest chain of auto dealers gave us a peek under the hood to explain why he doesn’t like the practices that help get it there. Namely, the company gives huge rebates and incentives to dealerships that make their sales goals. [More]
The last thing you want to worry about after coming home from a long day at work is whether or not parking your car in the garage will start a fire. For some Nissan vehicles, that’s apparently a possibility, with the carmaker warning owners of 120,000 recently recalled SUVs and sedans to keep their vehicles outdoors until they are repaired.
The race to put autonomous vehicle technology in vehicles hit a roadblock for Nissan this week as the carmaker announced the recall of 60,000 vehicles under the Infiniti brand because the adaptive steering system may not work as intended. [More]
Weeks after Mitsubishi president Tetsuro Aikawa apologized for his company’s role in falsifying fuel data in thousands of vehicles in Japan, the executive has stepped down.
Mitsubishi Says Fuel Mileage Falsified In All Vehicles Sold In Japan; U.S. Regulators Order Additional Tests
Last month, Mitsubishi admitted to falsifying fuel data on some vehicles sold in Japan for more than 25 years, leading to an ongoing probe by U.S. regulators. Now, that investigation is being expanded following the automaker’s acknowledgement that it fabricated the fuel economy data on all models sold in Japan. [More]
Two years after recalling 1 million vehicles because of faulty airbags, and a year after federal regulators questioned whether that fix had worked, Nissan is giving the whole airbag recall thing another shot: recalling 3.7 million vehicles that contain airbags that might not deploy properly in the event of a crash. [More]
Nearly a year after Nissan recalled 76,000 Rogue SUVs because the fuel pump could fail, leading the vehicle to stall, the carmaker is expanding the safety initiative to include almost 47,000 additional cars. [More]
Nissan Disables Electric Car App Over Security Flaw That Allows Other Users To Control Vehicle Temps
If you own a Nissan Leaf and you’ve been unsuccessfully trying to use the NissanConnect EV app to control your car’s heating and cooling systems, there’s nothing wrong with your car or your phone. Nissan has disabled the app after researchers found a flaw that left the vehicle vulnerable to hackers. [More]
Given Google’s recent confession that its self-driving cars would have been involved in 13 crashes if a human hadn’t intervened, you’d assume that having a real driver in an autonomous car could only help. Then you remember that millions of humans crash their vehicles every day, regardless of how intelligent that car is. [More]
Toyota attempted to break away from the self-driving car fanfare last month by announcing it would instead invest $50 million into creating “life-saving intelligent” vehicles that weren’t necessarily autonomous. Today, the company made it clear that it’s also pursuing the fully driver-less route, revealing plans to release a commercially available self-driving car by 2020. [More]