Articles by Ryan Beene

Deadly Defect Causes Takata to Issue Another Major Air Bag Recall

Takata Corp., the auto-parts supplier that went bankrupt after its air bags spurred the largest-ever recall, told U.S. safety regulators that another 1.4 million U.S. vehicles need to be repaired over a potentially deadly defect. Inflator devices Takata supplied to …

FCC Seen Backing Away from Reserving More Airwaves for Automakers’ Talking Cars

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has proposed taking back some of the spectrum long promised to automakers and re-allocating it to other wireless uses, according to people familiar with the matter. It’s a potentially significant development in a years-long debate …

Uber’s Self-Driving Car That Killed Pedestrian Lacked Tech to Detect Jaywalkers

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving test car that struck and killed a pedestrian last year wasn’t programmed to recognize and react to jaywalkers, according to documents released by U.S. safety investigators. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released more …

U.S. to Update Crash Test Standards and Dummies

U.S. auto safety regulators next year will propose several changes to federal crash testing standards that critics say have failed to keep pace with new vehicle technologies and lag behind other nations. The U.S. New Car Assessment Program will evaluate …

Replacing Car Mirrors With High-Tech Cameras May be Closer Than It Appears

Drivers in the U.S. may one day no longer have to crane their necks to check their blind spots if regulators agree to let high-tech cameras and screens replace the humble side-view mirror. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said …

Automated Driver Assist Cars Still a Work in Progress

To the human driver, it would have been an obvious obstacle: a police car and fire truck, emergency lights blazing, blocking the lane ahead. But to the Tesla Inc. Model S traveling down a Southern California freeway last year on …

Consumer Watchdog Nader Says Boeing 737 Max Should Be Grounded Forever

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader said the larger engines mounted to the Boeing 737 Max represented a design flaw and called for the plane to be permanently grounded. The 737 Max “must never fly again,” Nader said. “It’s not a matter …

Boeing’s Legal Woes Over Crashes Mount with Negligence Suits by Families

Boeing Co. was sued Monday by two Canadians who lost 10 family members in the March crash of a 737 Max in Ethiopia, adding to the aircraft manufacturer’s legal woes stemming from two deadly crashes by the jet. Among the …

U.S. Plans Global Summit on Boeing 737 Max Safety

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration next month will brief international aviation regulators on the agency’s work evaluating when the Boeing Co. 737 Max can return to service, which some countries have signaled they intend to decide on their own. The …

U.S Now Probing 12 Million Air Bags for Possible Deadly Electrical Flaw

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a possible deadly flaw in some 12.3 million vehicles that could prevent air bags from deploying in a crash. The agency is examining air-bag control units supplied by parts maker ZF-TRW …