US president Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that Ford wanted “to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn’t work as well”. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

A dispute between US president Donald Trump and four major car manufacturers over emissions standards has turned nasty. But the Trump administration’(...)

Regulators in the United States and Japan earlier this year ordered recalls of all Takata airbags lacking a drying agent. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Toyota has recalled about 5.8 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata airbags, the latest in a series of repairs phased over the coming years lin(...)

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Tesla Motors for a possible securities law breach after the electric car maker failed to disclose a fatal crash in May.  Photograph: EPA

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Tesla Motors waited too long to disclose a fatal crash in May that called into ques(...)

The interior of a Tesla Model S is shown in autopilot mode in San Francisco

Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk on Sunday tweeted his intention to soon publish part two of his “top secret Tesla masterplan” following an emba(...)

A Tesla Motors Model S car which Joshua Brown was travelling in when he died. Photograph: EPA

A man has been killed after the Tesla Model S car he was driving in Autopilot mode collided with a truck. The incident has prompted an investigatio(...)

A plan to put driverless cars on the roads without steering wheels or human-operated brakes has been removed, after a US transport regulator indicated  a robot could meet the legal definition of a driver. Photograph:  Getty Images

A significant barrier to Google’s plan to put driverless cars on the roads without steering wheels or human-operated brakes has been removed, after a (...)

 Hacker attack: everything from your car to your home appliances are vulnerable. Illustration: Getty Images/iStockphoto

In 2013, former US vice president Dick Cheney’s doctors disabled his pacemaker’s wireless capabilities. This was to thwart any possible assassination (...)

The Jeep Grand Cherokee are exhibited on a car dealership in New Jersey

The US’s car safety watchdog, toughening its stance against manufacturer defects, has issued a record $105 million in fines against Fiat Chrysler Auto(...)

“Fiat Chrysler has repeatedly failed to notify owners about recalls in a timely manner, in some cases weeks or months beyond the deadline to do so,” Jennifer Timian, head of the NHTSA’s office of recall management, told the hearing

Fiat Chrysler put its own customers and other drivers at risk by being too slow to notify drivers about faults and failing to provide critical informa(...)

US Senator Bill Nelson shows off an airbag during a hearing last year of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on issues with Takata airbags.

Takata, the Japanese car component manufacturer plagued by safety problems with its airbags, on Tuesday agreed with US regulators to mount what could (...)

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