Safety and Regulation

EDITORIAL

GM clears the backlog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
General Motors finally has a moment to catch its breath after working off a backlog of orders for ignition switches to replace defective ones in 2.6 million recalled vehicles worldwide.... Read More »

 

Suppliers unveil the future at world car-tech conference

9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
The upcoming ITS World Congress 2014 in Detroit will highlight the global transportation industry's future of connectivity, safety and automation. The Sept. 7-11 event, which is in Detroit for the first time, is a big step for suppliers, local and global, to introduce the technology that's making up more of their bottom lines.... Read More »

 

Audi will recall 70,000 cars for potential brake problem

Aug. 29, 2014 16:58 CET
Audi will recall 70,000 cars worldwide because of a potential fault with the brake booster. Audi's A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 models equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine and built between March and December 2012 are being recalled.... Read More »

 

Hong Kong firm acquires majority stake in supplier Key Safety Systems

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Hong Kong private equity firm FountainVest Partners completed a deal to become the majority shareholder in automotive safety products supplier Key Safety Systems. The deal could be worth as much as $800 million, a Bloomberg report out of China said in April.... Read More »

 

GM ignition switch fund receives claims for more than 100 deaths

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
A program to compensate victims of crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has received claims for 107 deaths as of Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the lawyer overseeing the program.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Is CFPB guilty of spin?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Remarks delivered by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and language used in a bureau statement last week were a lot harsher than the dry legalese of the consent order signed this month by the CFPB and First Investors Financial Services Group.... Read More »

 

Spiders hooked on gasoline fumes cause another recall, this time for Suzuki

11:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Spiders drawn to gasoline vapors and weaving webs that block a hose to vent those vapors have caused Suzuki Motor of America to recall about 19,000 Kizashi midsize sedans from the 2010-13 model years.... Read More »

 

GM, Ford, Toyota and VW among automakers hit by antitrust penalties in India

Aug. 26, 2014 10:21 CET
India's antitrust regulator fined 14 carmakers a combined $420 million for stifling competition in the market for spare parts. Among the companies fined were the local units of GM, Ford, Toyota, VW, Fiat, Nissan, BMW and Mercedes.... Read More »

 

Regulators' sweep threatens auto parts business model

Aug. 25, 2014 12:32 CET
Suppliers who have colluded for years to inflate parts prices for automakers, dealers and repair shops in a global market with annual sales of more than 80 million vehicles, are now being exposed in a worldwide sweep by regulators.... Read More »

 

GM dealers win reprieve on audits to focus on recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
GM told dealers in an Aug. 8 memo that, in recognition of the "unprecedented times" that dealerships are experiencing with the recall onslaught, the company has suspended audits on warranty claims and sales incentives.... Read More »

 

RENTALS ROCKED

Costs add up as companies forced to park recalled vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Through July, the cost of the recalls to Avis Budget Group Inc. was at least an "eight-digit number," said CEO Ronald Nelson.... Read More »

 

CFPB takes new tack in auto lender crackdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took a fresh approach to cracking down on auto lenders, citing one group for failing to furnish accurate customer data to credit reporting agencies.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement allows Mercedes to award dealership to Alabama's Saban

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Mercedes' plan to award a dealer franchise in Alabama to Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban and a business partner can move forward now that litigation with a longtime Mercedes dealer there has been settled. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed on Friday.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM, with ignition parts shipped, must now find recalled cars' owners

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
GM has passed a significant milestone in its campaign to replace potentially defective ignition switches in millions of cars recalled worldwide: It cleared its backlog of parts orders. Now comes another tough task: Finding the roughly 1 million owners of cars covered by the recall who haven't contacted a dealership.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

U.S. probes GM lawyers' role on vehicle recalls, reports say

6:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Federal prosecutors have learned that lawyers for General Motors were present at key meetings during which information about problems with some of its vehicles were discussed, a source close to the investigation told Reuters.... Read More »

 

Honda to modify 12,000 redesigned Fits sold in U.S. to enhance crashworthiness

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Honda plans to modify 12,000 redesigned 2015 Fit models in customer hands in the United States following a mid-model-year engineering change that improved the subcompact's showing in a key industry crash test.... Read More »

 

Recalls have little to no impact on residual values, study says

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Recalls have almost no effect on vehicle depreciation rates, a new study found. Even widespread recalls that generate sweeping publicity had little to no effect on residual values, which represent the value of a used vehicle. The study comes as the U.S. auto industry will set a record in 2014 for vehicle recalls.... Read More »

 

Ford tells U.S. dealers to stop selling some C-Max, Focus models

11:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Ford told its dealers in the United States to stop test-driving and selling C-Max and Focus models produced during a week this month because of potential problems with the steering gear assembly, a notice sent to dealers on Wednesday shows.... Read More »

 

Novelis: Aluminum sales to automakers will nearly triple on new emissions, mpg rules

8:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of aluminum sheeting to carmakers, expects sales to customers including Audi and Ford to rise almost three-fold as new emissions rules restrict the use of steel.... Read More »

 

NHTSA launches VIN tool to search for recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Car buyers and owners can use a vehicle's identification number to identify open or unrepaired safety recalls with a new search tool released by NHTSA starting today. Consumers enter a VIN to find out whether the vehicle has any open, unrepaired recalls and whether the automaker has a fix available.... Read More »

 

CFPB fines subprime lender First Investors Financial Services Group for sending credit bureaus inaccurate info

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined subprime auto lender First Investors Financial Services Group nearly $3 million for knowingly providing inaccurate information to credit reporting agencies for at least three years.... Read More »

 

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

Aug. 20, 2014 13:30 CET
EU regulators are pushing for legislation that will require vehicles to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories in a bid to close loopholes that allow carmakers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Did dealers hurt themselves with the carve out?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
There’s no mistaking that federal regulators are serious about policing auto lenders. By extension, auto dealers feel they’ve got a big target on their backs, too.... Read More »

 

2 Japanese suppliers fined in China's antitrust crackdown

6:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
China's antitrust regulator fined Japanese bearing makers NSK Ltd. and NTN Corp. a combined 4.8 billion yen ($47 million) for violating rules in a probe into industry pricing practices.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM expands website for owners of recalled vehicles

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
General Motors' website for owners of its vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches has been expanded to include all 20 models involved, the automaker said.... Read More »

 

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