Latest Automobile safety News

US agency eyes fatal crash involving self-driving car

Oct. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is moving to determine the probable cause of the first fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle. Elaine Herzberg died in March 2018 when an Uber vehicle struck her as she walked across a darkened street in Tempe, Arizona. The board will meet...

Group urges Vermont city to not allow ATVs on public streets

Oct. 17, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

NEWPORT CITY, Vt. (AP) — A national safety group is urging a Vermont city to vote against an ordinance that would allow all-terrain vehicles on downtown streets. The Caledonian Record reports the Newport City Council is scheduled to vote on a draft ordinance that would allow the vehicles on city streets on...

Uber lays off 350 employees in Eats, autonomous vehicles

Oct. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is laying off 350 employees from its food delivery, autonomous vehicles, safety, insurance and other teams. The move is the latest in a string of staff reductions at the ride-hailing giant since its ill-fated initial public offering. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees...

Subaru recalls some Forester vehicles due to airbag issue

Oct. 11, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

Subaru is recalling more than 350,000 Forester vehicles with heated seats because an electrical connection in the front passenger seat may loosen and deactivate the airbag even though the seat is occupied. Subaru said the recall includes Forester vehicles from 2015 to 2018. The automaker will notify vehicle...

BMW recalls cars, SUVs to fix backup camera display problem

Oct. 9, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — BMW is recalling more than 257,000 vehicles in the U.S. because drivers might not be able to see the backup camera display. The recall covers certain 3-Series, 5-series, 6-Series, 7-Series and 8-Series cars as well as certain X3, X4, X5 and X7 SUVs from the 2018 to 2020 model years. Also...

Police: 3 dead, 1 missing after car plunges into canal

Oct. 6, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — A car with five occupants plunged into a Delaware canal on Sunday and the driver helped a teenage girl to safety before dying in a bid to rescue three other passengers, two of whom were found dead after the car was hoisted from the water, authorities said. Delaware State Police said...

NTSB recommends seat belts, stronger seats for new limos

Oct. 2, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that new vehicles that are stretched into limousines have safety belts for all seats and seats that better protect passengers in a crash. The agency says the recommendations are designed to keep passengers safe after deadly limousine...

Italy's Fiat Chrysler plant hit by strike after worker dies

Oct. 1, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles worker died overnight in an accident at the group's facility in Cassino, in central Italy, prompting unions to call a local strike to demand stricter safety rules. A company spokesman said Tuesday the 40-year-old worker, Fabrizio Greco, died while he was moving a...

Airport workers seek safety improvement after fatal accident

Sep. 24, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Workers at a North Carolina airport are seeking safety improvements after a man was killed last month when a baggage-hauling vehicle flipped over and pinned him. The Charlotte Observer reports workers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport have asked the City Council for various...

Nissan recalls 1.3M vehicles to fix backup camera display

Sep. 24, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling 1.3 million vehicles mainly in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with the backup camera displays. The recall covers the 2018 and 2019 Nissan Altima, Frontier, Kicks, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, NV, NV200, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, Titan, Versa Note and Versa...