Stories by Joann Muller

Nearly 16 million recalled Takata airbags remain unrepaired

A deployed airbag.

Four years after the federal government recalled tens of millions of Takata airbags for dangerous defects, about 28% of those vehicles remain unrepaired.

Why it matters: The Takata airbag recall is the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history, with roughly 56 million defective airbags recalled in approximately 41.6 million vehicles.

What we're driving: 2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Ecodiesel

2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Ecodiesel. Photo: Courtesy of Jeep
2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Ecodiesel. Photo: Courtesy of Jeep

When the ice and snow hit Michigan last weekend, I was fortunate to be testing a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Ecodiesel.

Why it matters: If you're going to be tackling rough roads, any Jeep is handy, especially the capable 4x4 Wrangler. But with 442 pound-feet of torque from the new diesel power plant, you can drive over just about anything.

Government agencies collide over airwaves for road safety tech

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Two arms of the Trump administration are facing off over airwaves long set aside so cars can eventually communicate with each other.

What's happening: The Transportation Department is pouring money into what it says will be life-saving connected-car tech that would ride on these mostly unused airwaves. Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission is moving to reallocate most of the same spectrum to expand WiFi service.