Articles by Tom Krisher

AP Auto Writer

Tesla, Drivers, Regulators All to Blame for Fatal Crash, Says Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board says two drivers, Tesla and lax regulation of new partially automated driving systems are to blame for a fatal 2019 crash in Florida involving a Tesla on Autopilot. The NTSB, in a report issued last …

Uber Gets Mixed Reaction to Public Report on Sex Assaults. Now What?

A day after Uber revealed that more than 3,000 riders and drivers were sexually assaulted last year while using its service, attention is turning to what’s next for the ride-hailing giant and whether its plans to improve safety go far …

Recent Airline Crashes Don’t Reflect Aviation Safety Record

With plane crashes making headlines recently, one in Florida with no fatalities and another in Russia that killed dozens, travelers might question whether flying has become less safe. Aviation experts regard the recent incidents as a statistical blip, however, pointing …

5 Reasons Autonomous Cars Won’t Be Available Anytime Soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when they might actually be seen carrying passengers in every city, the almost universal answer is: …

Auto Loan Delinquencies Keep Rising But Economists Hold Off on Alarm

Borrowers are behind in their auto loan payments in numbers not seen since delinquencies peaked at the end of 2010, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. More than 7 million Americans were 90 or more days behind …

Ford Recalls More Than 953,000 Vehicles Globally to Replace Air Bag Inflators

Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. The move includes over 782,000 vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of recalls in …

16.7 Million Recalled Takata Air Bags Still Unrepaired and on U.S. Roads

More than three years after the government took over management of recalls involving dangerous Takata air bag inflators, one third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced. That’s according to an annual report on the recalls released by …

Safety Board Seeks to Mandate Anti-Lock Brakes, Stability Controls on U.S. Motorcycles

A federal safety agency is recommending that all new motorcycles built for road use in the U.S. have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control as standard equipment. The National Transportation Safety Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday to make the recommendations …

IIHS Tests Expose Risks of Semi-Autonomous Driving Systems

Cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems may not see stopped vehicles and could even steer you into a crash if you’re not paying attention, an insurance industry group warns. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a paper …

Deploying Technology, Security Measures to Fight Weaponization of Autos

A deadly attack this month in Melbourne, Australia, in which a man plowed an SUV into a crowd of Christmas shoppers, comes from the same playbook used by terrorists in recent years around the globe. Many new vehicles rolling off …