Articles by Ma Jie and David Welch

Nations with National Regulatory Policies Outpacing U.S. on Driverless Cars

Cars that drive themselves are finding the clearest paths to showrooms in the U.K., Germany, South Korea and Singapore, where governments have enacted legislation allowing autonomous vehicles to be tested on public roads. And China’s not far behind. Those nations …

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 …

Auto Parts Suppliers Under Pressure Following Recalls

Auto-parts suppliers are feeling the pressure as car companies move to raise quality standards after a record year for U.S. vehicle recalls in 2014. In Japan, parts makers that sell to automakers worldwide say they’re taking costly steps to meet …

Honda, Nissan Widen Air-Bag Recalls Following Rupture in Japan Scrapyard

Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. followed Toyota Motor Corp. in widening global air-bag recalls after one of the devices made by Takata Corp. ruptured in a junked car at a Japan scrapyard. Honda will recall about 400,000 more …

Japan Transport Ministry Weighs Additional Air Bag Recalls

Japan’s investigation into dangerous air bags is leading to a remote scrapyard in the central Gifu prefecture, where the explosion of a car model not included in current recalls suggests automakers may have to yet again expand their safety campaigns. …

8 Million Cars Recalled for Air Bags; Only 6% Repaired: Bloomberg

Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and other major automakers have fixed only a fraction of the almost 8 million cars called back in the last two years to replace potentially defective Takata Corp. air bags. About 6 percent of …

Nissan Expands Global Recall by 260,000 Vehicles

Nissan Motor Co. expanded a global recall of cars using Takata Corp.-made air bags, which have been linked to four deaths in Honda Motor Co. cars. Nissan will call back 260,000 vehicles worldwide, including 104,905 units in Japan, Yuriko Masuda, …

Air Bag Recalls Renew Doubts About Carmakers’ Responses to Defects

A deepening crisis involving deadly air bags is shaking confidence in the ability of automakers including Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. to ensure the safety of millions of U.S. drivers. Toyota is advising U.S. owners to keep passengers …

Automakers Race to Be First With Driverless Cars

Nissan Motor Co. will introduce cars that park themselves by 2016, Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said, as the Japanese carmaker rushes to be among the first to offer automated driving. The feature, along with technology enabling cars to autonomously …

Auto Recalls On Rise Following Toyota-GM Cases

Recall first, ask questions later. After Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Co. — two of the largest carmakers — were criticized for dragging their feet before calling back defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls …