Safety and Regulation

GM plans new vehicle family for emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

GM plans to spend $5 billion over the next several years to develop a new range of technology-rich small cars, based on a common architecture, that will be built and sold under the Chevrolet name in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler under tighter scrutiny after record NHTSA penalty

4:10 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of close oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of pickup trucks as part of a far-reaching consent agreement to settle a U.S. government probe into 23 safety recalls since 2009.... Read More »

FCA pact gives broad powers to NHTSA monitor

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's consent agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles grants sweeping powers to an independent monitor tasked with overseeing the company's safety operations, deepening the federal government's role in direct oversight over individual automakers.... Read More »

Ford wins court appeal over apartheid claims

2:05 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot pursue lawsuits seeking to hold Ford liable for conducting business that helped perpetuate the practice decades ago, a federal appeals court ruled today.... Read More »

GM fund approves 3 more serious-injury claims

10:43 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Three more serious injuries have been linked to General Motors defective ignition switches, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.... Read More »

Hack attack vs. FCA shows flaws with rush to connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

By the time it was publicized last week that hackers managed to take over a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler had posted an urgent security patch on its website and was scrambling to further lock down the system. But the industry's response is only now ramping up, as automakers come to terms with the implications of building devices that increasingly function as networked computers on wheels.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler hit with record $105 million U.S. penalty over recalls

4:30 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of additional oversight by an independent monitor and buy back more than 500,000 vehicles as part of a sweeping consent agreement to settle a U.S. government probe into 23 recalls since 2009. The overall potential civil penalty of $105 million marks the largest imposed by NHTSA.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.7 million trucks for faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling about 1.7 million late model Ram trucks to replace airbags that may deploy inadvertently.... Read More »

FCA's anti-hacking recall marks industry milestone

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's recall of about 1.4 million cars and trucks equipped with radios that are vulnerable to hacking is the first formal safety campaign in response to a cybersecurity threat.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The company previously only advised owners to download a software patch or take their vehicle to a dealer to have it installed.... Read More »

Chevrolet plans low-cost pedestrian avoidance on Malibu

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

GM is introducing a pedestrian-avoidance system on the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the latest example of active-safety features proliferating on mainstream vehicles. GM said Friday it will offer 22 active safety systems across its brands for the 2016 model year.... Read More »

FTC probes GM over possible CPO sales without recall fixes

6:03 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating GM because some of its dealerships advertised certified used vehicles that hadn't received recall-related repairs.... Read More »

Honda's freshened Accord gets new smartphone, safety tech for 2016

5:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Honda unveiled a midlife update for its midsize Accord, a lightly freshened model that will play nice with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2016 Accord sedan and coupe will also offer the Honda Sensing suite of autonomous safety features.... Read More »

FCA recalls 144,416 Dodge Journeys to secure engine cover

3:53 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling an estimated 144,416 Dodge Journey models in the U.S. to better secure their engine covers.... Read More »

Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: How Honda Finance’s settlement could be a win for all retailers

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

At face value, the consent order between Honda Finance and the CFPB over lending practices doesn’t seem like a gift to retailers industrywide, but it could be.... Read More »

Sonic rethinks the appeal of captive finance arm

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Wary of regulators, Sonic Automotive is slowing its plans to establish a captive finance arm. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s investigations and citations of automakers’ finance arms have given Sonic pause.... Read More »

U.S. Senate weighs highway bill with modest safety reforms

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

A six-year highway funding bill considered by the Senate would provide a path for safety regulators to impose bigger fines on automakers and take limited steps to address loopholes in the nation's auto recall system, but it falls short of some stricter measures sought by Democratic lawmakers.... Read More »

AutoNation CEO endorses CFPB, Honda Finance pact

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson has endorsed the settlement between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and American Honda Finance for preventing discrimination in auto finance, calling the agreement a “workable template” that other retailers and lenders should follow.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

What Honda-U.S. settlement changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

The federal government's settlement with American Honda Finance Corp. for alleged discriminatory auto lending was a smaller victory for the regulators than it first appeared. But if other captive finance companies follow Honda Finance's lead, that will make the settlement more significant.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Birthday wish for CFPB: Get real

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Five years after it was created, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should seek additional information and better methodology to ensure it is really protecting consumers from discrimination.... Read More »

GM ignition switch review approves 3 more injuries

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Three more minor injuries have been linked to General Motors' defective ignition switches, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.... Read More »

FCA consent order would be ‘a strong outcome,’ NHTSA chief says

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind says the agency is talking with Fiat Chrysler about a settlement to a dispute over the automaker’s handling of recalls, but hasn’t yet reached an agreement.... Read More »

Private tracks best venue to test self-driving cars, key U.S. senator says

3:16 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Self-driving cars would be "better" tested on private test tracks than on public roads, said a U.S. senator who has authored several bills on advanced vehicle technologies, after Google disclosed injuries in its latest accident involving a prototype.... Read More »

When CFPB, dealers meet, sparks fly

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

When a CFPB official addressed dealers directly for the first time in public, the exchanges were pointed. Here's how it went at the annual conference of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.... Read More »

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