Chrysler Group LLC’s decision to recall 2.7 million sport-utility vehicles linked to 51 deaths in post-crash fires averts what could have been the biggest showdown with U.S. regulators over a recall in three decades.
Toyota Motor Corp. and lawyers suing the company were given more time to win final approval of a $1.1 billion settlement of claims that recalls related to unintended acceleration hurt the value of U.S. customers’ vehicles.
Crash-avoidance technology that engages truck brakes automatically before an impending crash may prevent almost 300 fatalities a year and yield $3.1 billion in economic benefits, according to a U.S. Transportation Department report.
Using voice text messaging, included in systems such as Ford Motor Co.’s Sync and Toyota Motor Corp.’s Entune, is more distracting to drivers than making calls with handheld mobile phones, a study by AAA found.
Chrysler Group LLC recalled about 630,000 Jeep sport-utility vehicles to fix transmission leaks and other mechanical defects, two days after the company said it won’t recall 2.7 million other SUVs alleged by U.S. regulators to have faulty fuel systems.