Chrysler sales rise 20 percent. GM sales up 6 percent. Ford sales drop 2 percent.
Even though their airbags have erupted – flinging shrapnel at drivers – Takata Corp. claims a nationwide air bag recall is unfounded.
U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into steering problems in more than 500,000 Ford full-size cars without seeking a recall.
Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup.
The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.
U.S. safety regulators aren’t happy with how Takata Corp. and automakers have limited their scope of recalls for faulty air bags equipped with inflators that can erupt and send metal fragments into the passenger compartment.
The death of a pregnant Malaysian woman in a car crash involving a faulty air bag has led to another U.S. recall, as the auto industry struggles with a widening problem across the globe.
The new pickup should be in dealerships by late December.
Aluminum isn’t new to the auto industry, but this is the first time it will cover the entire body of such a high-volume vehicle.
Vehicles recalled include various model years of the F-150, Flex, Transit, Transit Connect, Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car.