Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Friday it is recalling more than 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the vehicles may roll away after drivers exit. The automaker said the recall is linked to as many as 41 injuries because drivers mistakenly believed they had placed the vehicles in park before exiting. The recall covers the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles. About 811,000 vehicles in the United States are affected, along with about 52,000 vehicles in Canada; nearly 17,000 in Mexico and almost 250,000 vehicles outside North America. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which upgraded its probe into the issue in February, said on Friday that its "investigation of the shifter in these vehicles showed it is clearly a safety issue that has led to hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries.
Ford Motor Co. issued a recall Wednesday for 9,300 vehicles that are at risk of catching fire due to leakage of fuel. The company said that it is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries related to the problem. Approximately 8,000 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles and 1,300 2016 Ford Taurus, 2016-17 Flex, 2017 Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility and 2016-17 Lincoln MKT vehicles with 3.5-liter GTDI engines have been recalled. While the company said it will inspect and install fuel tank strap reinforcement on the Super Duty vehicles, the other affected models will have their leaking turbocharger oil supply tubes replaced. "Over time, a missing reinforcement could lead to a fuel tank strap separating from the frame, resulting in the fuel tank moving out of position and potentially contacting the ground, increasing the risk of a fuel leak.
Volkswagen AG will pay more than 10 billion to settle claims by nearly 500,000 owners stemming from its U.S. diesel emissions cheating scandal and fund efforts to offset pollution, three sources briefed on the agreement said on Thursday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, due to court-imposed gag rules, a source said that owners will receive an average of 5,000 in compensation along with the estimated value of the vehicles as of September 2015, before the scandal erupted. Owners would also receive the compensation if they choose to have the vehicles repaired, assuming U.S. regulators approve a fix at a later date. As part of the settlements, Volkswagen will to help boost zero emissions vehicles and introduce a program to offset excess diesel pollution from the offending vehicles. The settlement is valued at 10.3 billion in documents outlining some of the complex settlements, the source added.
Google has developed algorithms to tell its vehicles when to use the horn. For some time Google's self-driving vehicles have been honking discreetly to their occupants in risky situations. But now that Google is satisfied with its "honking algorithms", the cars will honk out loud to other road users when they judge that a toot will make a situation safer. The technical leader of Ford's autonomous car project speaks about what it's like to be driven by a driver-less car, and how big a deal self-driving vehicles will really be. Google details its honking experiments in the May 2016 report on its self-driving cars, where it presents updates on progress it's made in different aspects of driving, such as how the vehicles have been taught to handle bad weather conditions.