Litigation and Regulations

FCA details buy-backs, incentives for completing older recalls

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today issued details on its buy-back and incentive program offered to more than 1 million owners of vehicles recalled in 2013 but for which recall repair programs weren’t immediately available....
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Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegal

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

A new referral program from Tesla Motors that offers discounts to buyers referred by a Tesla owner is drawing complaints from dealers in the electric-car manufacturer’s home state of California....
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Ten automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ten of the world's biggest automakers were sued today by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from millions of vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions....
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T.RAD, Fujikura settle U.S. price-fixing civil litigation

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

T.RAD and Fujikura are the latest to agree to civil settlements linked the ongoing U.S. criminal antitrust investigation into automotive supplier fixing. Attorney Hollis Salzman of the Robins Kaplan law firm in New York represented a group of more than 50 individuals who purchased or leased a new vehicle containing auto parts at issue in the federal litigation....
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Jeep hacker leaves Twitter

7:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said....
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GM ignition switch defects tied to 124 deaths, 275 injuries, Feinberg review finds

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has completed its review of all 4,000-plus compensation claims related to General Motors' faulty ignition switches. The switches, which prompted the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles last year, now have been linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries, 17 of which were serious....
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U.S. senators urge recall of all autos with Takata airbags

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

After reports this week of a ruptured Takata airbag in a Volkswagen vehicle, two U.S. senators today called on Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's airbags. U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey said their move was prompted by an incident in June, in which a Takata airbag inflator in a 2015 VW Tiguan ruptured after a collision...
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Tesla, VW remain only Takata airbag users without recalls

6:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Volkswagen and Tesla are the only automakers that have avoided U.S. recalls while continuing to use Takata Corp. airbag inflators, which have triggered a global safety crisis....
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VW faces NHTSA probe after Takata airbag incident

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

NHTSA is widening its Takata airbag probe after a Takata side airbag in a Volkswagen SUV ruptured in June....
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DUSTIN WALSH

BLOG: Autonomous cars will crash and be hacked ... and that's OK

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2015

Cybersecurity and the threat of chaos is a new reality in the age of connected and autonomous cars. This is the reality we live. Cars can, and will, be hacked...
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Ford headlight failures and wrecks draw second U.S. probe

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Some Ford sedans are being scrutinized by U.S. regulators for the second time since 2008 after continuing reports that headlights suddenly turn off, leading motorists to veer off roadways and sometimes crash....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Another car-hack issue to ponder: In-car eavesdropping

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

We have all seen the rash of reports about hackers taking control of connected cars, but could a hacker turn on a voice link without your knowledge and listen to your conversations?...
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TrueCar says it considers U.S. antitrust probe to be closed

2:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

U.S. antitrust enforcers have closed an investigation into whether auto dealers ganged up against shopping website TrueCar Inc in 2011 and 2012 in order to raise prices, TrueCar said in a securities filing today....
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Takata sets campaign to alert drivers on recall for airbag risk

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Takata, whose exploding airbag modules have been tied to at least eight fatalities, is planning an extensive advertising campaign to urge consumers to get the defect fixed....
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BMW looks at whether Google's Alphabet infringes trademark rights

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

BMW today said it was looking into whether Google infringed any trademark rights after the Silicon Valley-based group set up a new company called Alphabet, which is also the name of a BMW subsidiary....
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GM fund rejects 5 ignition-switch injury claims

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Five of the six remaining injury claims in General Motors’ compensation fund for victims of its faulty ignition switches were rejected since the fund’s last update on Aug. 7....
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Regulator's reminder: 54.5 mpg goal isn't final yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

The strict federal fuel economy targets that have triggered furious re-engineering, and some hand-wringing, across the auto industry should be regarded as just a rough draft for now, according to Christopher Grundler, the EPA's top auto industry regulator, who sought to dispel the notion that the Obama administration's 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average targeted for the 2025 model year is set in stone....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: CarMax dodges a bullet, thanks to NADA, NIADA and NAAA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

CarMax owes the National Automobile Dealers Association, the National Auto Auction Association and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association an enormous thank you....
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CFPB urges Fifth Third to lower its allowable dealer reserve, report says

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is urging Fifth Third Bancorp to reduce the amount of dealer reserve the bank allows on its auto loans, as part of talks to settle an investigation by the agency into possible discriminatory lending practices by Fifth Third, The Wall Street Journal reported....
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FCA hacking risk kept from regulators for 18 months

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles waited 18 months to tell federal safety regulators about a security flaw in radios being installed in more than a million vehicles that hackers later exploited to seize control of a Jeep last month....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Chris Grundler and the EPA hot seat

11:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

You think your job is tough? Try walking in Chris Grundler's shoes at the EPA....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Bill limiting CFPB has long road to becoming law

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee last week moved a bill that would limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's guidance over auto lending. But dealers and lenders should hold off on the celebrations....
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EPA studies potential benefits of higher octane gasoline

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The EPA is studying whether raising the octane level of gasoline could improve the efficiency of automobile engines, Christopher Grundler, director of the agency's office of Transportation and Air Quality told Automotive News today....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Tensions over U.S. electric vehicle mandates spill out at MBS

8:13 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

A long-simmering dispute between automakers and U.S. regulators over policies to promote electric vehicles spilled into the open on Tuesday, in the high stakes struggle over the future of automotive technology....
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54.5 mpg isn't a done deal, EPA official says

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A top EPA official today shot down the notion that the agency has already decided to implement the 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average proposed for 2025....
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