Stories by Tom Krisher

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

As demand for cars falters, auto prices are poised to fall

DETROIT - While the U.S. inched its way out of the Great Recession, consumers went car shopping in droves. As sales rebounded, the price of cars and trucks rose to record highs.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

US investigates Ford steering, warning light issues

DETROIT - Two Ford Motor Co. models are under investigation by U.S. safety regulators for power steering and "door ajar" warning light issues that are similar to those that have caused other Ford ...
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

US closes probe of Jeep automatic braking; no recall sought

US safety regulators have closed a yearlong investigation into the Jeep Grand Cherokee's automatic braking system without seeking a recall.
By Tom Krisher

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Lyft executive predicts mostly self-driving rides

DETROIT - Within five years, a majority of ride-hailing company Lyft's rides will be in self-driving cars, the company's co-founder and president predicted Sunday.
By Tom Krisher

Sunday, Aug 28, 2016

US wants to force lower speeds on big trucks, buses

A government proposal would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. 
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, Aug 4, 2016

Death triggers air bag investigations in US, Canada

Investigators are looking into a crash in the Canadian province of Newfoundland in which a woman was killed by an exploding air bag inflator made by ARC Automotive Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, July 29, 2016

Tesla looking at cameras, radar in crash, sources say

DETROIT - Tesla engineers told members of a Senate committee they are looking into the role cameras and radar played in the fatal crash of a Model S using self-driving mode, according to two ...
By Tom Krisher

Saturday, July 23, 2016

VW dealers give details on emissions fix in works

DETROIT — Volkswagen’s plan to fix most of its 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests includes a software update and a larger catalytic converter to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, and ...
By Tom Krisher

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tesla is making Autopilot radar changes after crash

DETROIT - Tesla Motors is working on modifications to its Autopilot system after it failed to stop for a tractor-trailer rig in a Florida crash that killed the driver of a Model S sedan.
By Tom Krisher

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Older Hondas need air bag repair immediately

The government is urging owners of older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, May 27, 2016

12 million vehicles recalled for Takata air bags

DETROIT - Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, May 20, 2016

GM offers debit cards or longer warranties in mileage case

DETROIT - People who bought or leased 2016 General Motors SUVs with overstated gas mileage on the window sticker will be getting compensated, the automaker said Friday.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Volkswagen will buy back diesel cars, source says

DETROIT - Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers have reached a deal for the automaker to buy back some of the 600,000 diesel cars that cheat on emissions tests and spend more than $1 ...
By Tom Krisher

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mexico to gain new Ford plant

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. plans to build a new $1.6 billion auto assembly plant in Mexico, creating about 2,800 jobs and shifting small-car production from the U.S. at a time when moving jobs has ...
By Tom Krisher

Friday, April 1, 2016

Automakers report best March sales in US in 16 years

Most major automakers reported U.S. sales gains last month as stronger employment figures and consumer confidence drove the auto industry to its best March in 16 years.
By Tom Krisher

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Automatic emergency braking will be standard on new cars

Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard equipment on most cars by 2022, two people briefed on the deal said.
By Tom Krisher

Monday, March 14, 2016

Whistleblower suit accuses Volkswagen of deleting evidence

DETROIT - Volkswagen deleted documents and obstructed justice after the U.S. En­viron­mental Protection Agency accused the company of cheating on emissions tests, a former employee alleges in a ...
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Safety advocate wants reopening of Jeep fire investigation

An auto safety advocate is calling on the government to reopen an investigation of rear-crash fires in older Jeep SUVs after finding at least 11 more deaths since the vehicles were recalled.
By Tom Krisher

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

VW resisted new recall for air bags, letter shows

Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags. But the German automaker, already in hot water for cheating on pollution ...
By Tom Krisher

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Injuries blamed on confusing Fiat Chrysler gear shifters

DETROIT - Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, ...
By Tom Krisher
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