Rob Bostelaar

Ottawa Correspondent
Address: Automotive News Canada,
PO Box 243, Station A, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 6K7
Phone: (613) 828-1742
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Recent authored articles

After government pressure, Ford recalls F-150s over brake issue

Ford of Canada has agreed to recall 43,600 F-150 pickup trucks after initially resisting Transport Minister Marc Garneau's call for the automaker to repair faulty brake parts.

Ban asbestos brakes now, health expert says

Jim Brophy, the former director of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, can't understand why Canada isn't immediately outlawing asbestos in automotive brake parts and other products.

Prairie mud causes Ford to recall 21,000 Explorers in three provinces

Ford is recalling nearly 21,000 police and civilian models of its Explorer SUV in only the Prairies to replace suspension parts that can be damaged by an accumulation of soil specific to the region.

Tesla recalls 2,000 cars in Canada for defective parking brake

The 2016 Model S sedans and Model X crossovers are among 53,000 vehicles being recalled globally after Tesla discovered that a gear in the brake assembly could fail.

Mercedes-Benz Canada recalling 11,000 vehicles over airbags, steering

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 10,930 cars and SUVs in Canada to fix safety problems, including airbags that may not inflate and a potential loss of steering.

Ottawa auto show a full house with 300 vehicles on display

The Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show will have 300 vehicles displayed across 150,000 square feet between March 16 and 19 at the Shaw Centre. It's double the density of cars that was in Toronto.

Brace for 'complex transformation' of auto industry, says Cox Automotive

Maria Soklis of Cox Automotive Canada has a simple message for Canada's automotive leaders: Buckle up and prepare to change focus on the fly because transformation in the auto industry is imminent.

Canadian experts don't expect 'tearing up' of NAFTA

Keep calm and look for opportunities. That's the advice of two of Canada's foremost auto industry watchers when it comes to potential NAFTA talks.

Why it took Canada so long to ban asbestos

Canada's new asbestos ban isn't expected to come into full effect until late 2018, meaning that brake pads and linings that contain the toxic material could continue to be imported until then.

Getting in line with platooning

Well before autonomous vehicles actually arrive — perhaps in a decade — platooning could provide significant real-world-right-now benefits such as fewer collisions and reduced stress on operators.

The 11 Canadian newsmakers who shaped the auto industry in 2016

Even in the chaotic automotive world, 2016 was especially hectic for Canada. Down-to-the-wire Unifor contract talks. Record sales. Massive safety recalls.

Takata airbag recall grows by 900,000 vehicles in Canada

Most of the latest recalls by 13 manufacturers are for Honda, Toyota and Ford vehicles equipped with potentially lethal airbag inflators.

Expect overhaul, regulation of Canadian new-vehicle sales reporting

Auto-sales reporting is under the regulatory micro-scope and the result could be a major overhaul of the way car companies report transactions.