U.S. too slow to require rear seat belt warnings, lawsuit says

A new lawsuit accuses the federal government of being too slow to implement rules requiring that rear seat vehicle passengers be warned when they fail to buckle their seat belts.

UPDATED: 8/16/17 4:05 pm ET -- adds details, background

U.S. judge in Takata bankruptcy halts lawsuits vs. automakers for 90 days

A federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Takata's business in the United States halted lawsuits for 90 days against automakers brought by victims of its faulty airbag inflators.


Nissan agrees to $98 million settlement on Takata economic loss claims

Nissan agreed to a $97.7 million settlement to resolve class-action consumer economic loss claims tied to the recall of 4.4 million vehicles with Takata airbag inflators.

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