Tom Krisher

Business, Equipment, Safety

Ford Recalls About 2.5 Million Vehicles for Latch, Brake Troubles

The Ford company logo stands over a row of vehicles in a Colorado dealership. The Ford company logo stands over a row of vehicles in a Colorado dealership. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Ford is recalling about 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because of a nagging door latch problem and a brake fluid leak.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 11, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Study: Autonomous Vehicles Won’t Make Roads Completely Safe

An Audi AI:ME self-driving concept vehicle is displayed at the CES tech show in Las Vegas in January. An Audi AI:ME self-driving concept vehicle is displayed at the CES tech show in Las Vegas in January. (John Locher/Associated Press)

A new study says that while autonomous vehicle technology has great promise to reduce crashes, it may not be able to prevent all mishaps caused by human error.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 4, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Autoworkers’ Tenuous Return a Ray of Hope in Jobs Crisis

Ford line workers put together ventilators that the automaker is assembling at the Ford Rawsonville plant in Michigan on May 13. Ford line workers put together ventilators that the automaker is assembling at the Ford Rawsonville plant in Michigan on May 13. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Defying a wave of layoffs that has sent the U.S. job market into its worst catastrophe on record, at least one major industry is making a comeback: Tens of thousands of autoworkers are returning to factories that have been shuttered since mid-March due to fears of spreading the coronavirus.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 15, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

NHTSA Opts Not to Recall Takata Air Bag Inflators

NHTSA opted not to recall Takata air bag inflators. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency will not force automakers to recall millions of newer Takata air bag inflators, citing industry research that shows the devices are safe.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 7, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Rolls Out Feature Designed to Detect Stop Signs, Traffic Lights

Tesla's logo on a charging station in Port Huron, Mich., on March 18. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

After testing on public roads, Tesla is rolling out a new feature of its partially automated driving system designed to spot stop signs and traffic signals.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
April 27, 2020
Government, Business

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota Seek to Restart Factories

An employee works inside a Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., in August 2019. An employee works inside a Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., in August 2019. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps March 26 to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 26, 2020
Government, Business

Factories Pivot to Fight Coronavirus, but Challenges Abound

Robots weld a vehicle at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan in May 2011. Robots weld a vehicle at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan in May 2011. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Factories across industries are trying to answer the call of duty amid a pandemic that has so far claimed more than 15,000 lives and sickened 350,000 people globally.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Blames Drivers, Tesla, Lax Regulations in Florida Crash

A Tesla Model 3 departs after charging at the Tesla Supercharger station in Kettleman City, Calif., in July 2019. A Tesla Model 3 departs after charging at the Tesla Supercharger station in Kettleman City, Calif., in July 2019. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

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.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 20, 2020
Business, Safety

Automakers Shut North American Plants Outright Over COVID-19 Fears

UAW assemblymen work on a 2018 Ford F-150 in September 2018. UAW assemblymen work on a 2018 Ford F-150 in September 2018. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Concerns about the spreading coronavirus forced most of North America’s auto plants to close, at least temporarily.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 19, 2020
Government, Business, Autonomous

US Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

The Nuro R2 is entirely autonomous and is designed to carry goods such as groceries in temperature-controlled compartments. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration granted temporary approval for Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro to run a low-speed autonomous delivery vehicle in February. (Nuro via Associated Press)

The U.S. government is coming out with new regulations aimed at changing automotive passenger safety standards that could be barriers to autonomous vehicles.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 17, 2020

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