Articles by Craig Trudell, David Welch and Ma Jie

Takata Bankruptcy Filing Could Happen Next Week in Japan

Takata Corp. plans to file for bankruptcy as soon as next week, paving the way for a sale of the 84-year-old Japanese air-bag maker behind the biggest safety recall in automotive history. The supplier is expected to seek protection in …

Takata Takeover Deals Scrutinized for Handling of Recall, Liability Costs

Takata Corp. and some of the world’s biggest carmakers face an extensive — and expensive — to-do list as they try to resolve the worst safety crisis in the auto industry’s history. Executives for the Tokyo-based maker of air bags …

Obama Onboard with Road Testing of Autonomous Vehicles

Automated cars have the backing of President Barack Obama, who’s signed off on what’s largely been a hands-off approach to regulating the burgeoning industry, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. The U.S. is allowing road trials by the likes of …

Tesla Faces Lawsuit Over Crash in China

Tesla Motors Inc. said it has no way of knowing whether its Autopilot system was involved in a crash in China that killed the driver because the car was too damaged to transmit data. A court in Beijing’s Chaoyang district …

Takata Engineers ‘Manipulated’ Results of Air-Bag Inflator Tests: Honda Audit

Takata Corp., the air-bag supplier behind the industry’s largest ever recall, routinely manipulated results of air-bag inflator tests reported to Honda Motor Co., according to an ongoing audit commissioned by the parts maker and its biggest customer. Takata engineers removed …

Mitsubishi Motors Faces Uncertain Future as Fuel Test Scandal Deepens

For the second time in about a decade, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. faces a scandal that poses an existential threat. The Japanese automaker has improperly tested the fuel economy of its cars for the past quarter century, widening the scope of …

Toyota $1B Research Labs Near Stanford, MIT to Develop Autonomous Vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. is spending $1 billion to form a research institute focused on the artificial intelligence and robotics technology it needs to make cars that can overcome driver errors and reduce traffic fatalities. Toyota Research Institute Inc. will pitch …

Takata Air Bag Recall Could Be Expanded to Other Car Makers

The U.S. regulator overseeing the replacement of Takata Corp. air bags is considering an order that would expand the recalls and has contacted seven manufacturers who could be affected, including Volkswagen AG and Tesla Motors Inc. Takata identified the seven …

Fully Self-Driving Cars Still 15 Years Down the Road: Supplier

The technology to make cars fully autonomous probably won’t be established until at least 2030, according to the top supplier for the world’s biggest automaker. The auto industry will take intermediate steps toward that future, first with safety systems that …

Snow Problem When It Comes to Self-Driving Cars, Says Google

Google Inc. sees Detroit’s snow as a bigger barrier than Washington’s regulators for its self-driving car. The technology giant doesn’t intend to offer a self-driving car to areas where it snows in the near term, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s …