Tom Krisher


Nearly 43,000 Deaths on US Roads in 2021, NHTSA Says

ambulance Marco_Piunti/Getty Images

DETROIT — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla Q1 Earnings 7 Times More Than Year Ago

Tesla logo on an unsold 2020 Model X at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo. Tesla logo on a 2020 Model X at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

DETROIT — Tesla reported April 20 that its first-quarter net earnings were more than seven times greater than a year ago, powered by strong sales despite global supply chain kinks and pandemic-related production cuts in China.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
April 20, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

NHTSA Opens Probe Into LG Electric Vehicle Batteries

corporate logo of LG Electronics The corporate logo of LG Electronics. (Lee Jin-man/Associated Press)

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into electric and hybrid vehicle batteries after five automakers issued recalls due to possible defects that could cause fires or stalling.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
April 5, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Study: SUVs, Pickups More Likely to Hit Pedestrians Than Cars

pedestrians Pedestrians in a crosswalk. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)

DETROIT — Drivers of bigger vehicles such as pickup trucks and SUVs are more likely to hit pedestrians while making turns than drivers of cars, according to a new study.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 17, 2022
Business, Fuel

Ford CEO Farley: No Plan to Spin Off EV Business

Ford President and CEO Jim Farley Ford President and CEO Jim Farley at a previous event announcing plans to build electric F-Series trucks at a plant near Stanton, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley says the automaker has no plans to spin off its electric vehicle or internal combustion businesses, but is reinventing itself by removing costs and ramping up for large-scale EV and software sales.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 23, 2022

Q&A: AutoNation CEO Sees Vehicle Prices Moderating This Year

Mike Manley Mike Manley in 2019 by Carlos Osorio/AP

DETROIT — Prices of new and used automobiles are staggeringly high, and that’s partly responsible for strong earnings last year by AutoNation, the country’s largest dealership group.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 18, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

US OKs New Headlights That Won’t Blind Oncoming Drivers

Headlights from morning commuters can be seen through blowing snow Headlights from morning commuters seen through blowing snow along Highway 441 in Appleton, Wis. (Danny Damiani/The Post-Crescent via Associated Press)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is about to allow new high-tech headlights that can automatically tailor beams so they focus on dark areas of the road and don’t create glare for oncoming drivers.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 15, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

New Car Ratings Include How They Make Drivers Stay Alert

Tesla dashboard Tesla dashboard by Christopher Godney/Bloomberg News

DETROIT — Two organizations that influence many Americans’ automobile-buying decisions will begin rating vehicles on how well they track behavior of motorists who use partially automated driver-assist systems.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 21, 2022

New Auto Sales Up in 2021, but Below Pre-Pandemic Numbers

New Auto Sales Up in 2021, but Below Pre-Pandemic Numbers Dodge Ram pickup trucks sit on display at Sam Leman Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in Peoria, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

U.S. new vehicle sales rebounded slightly last year from 2020’s dismal numbers, but forecasters expect them to be more than 2 million below the years before the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 4, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla to Halt Games on Screens in Moving Cars

Tesla screen Tesla owner Vince Patton demonstrates on a closed course in Portland, Ore., how he can play video games on the vehicle's console while driving. (Gillian Flaccus/AP)

DETROIT — Under pressure from U.S. auto safety regulators, Tesla has agreed to stop allowing video games to be played on center touch screens while its vehicles are moving.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
December 23, 2021