Litigation and Regulations

Toyota-Honda airbag crisis deepens in blow to safety confidence

9:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
A deepening crisis involving deadly air bags is shaking confidence in the ability of automakers including Toyota and Honda to ensure the safety of millions of drivers in the United States....
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Takata, wrestling with airbag recall, sees shares take 23% plunge

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Takata shares plunged by a record in Tokyo trading after Toyota advised U.S. owners of its cars to seat passengers in the back amid reports of metal shrapnel being propelled from inside faulty airbags....
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Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata airbags

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Toyota recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States today because of potentially defective front passenger airbag inflators from Japanese supplier Takata that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to federal safety regulators....
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Late-model vehicles stretch GM's recall rolls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
An Automotive News analysis of documents filed with federal regulators shows that GM is moving faster to identify and fix problems but that many defects, especially in newer vehicles, are still reaching customers....
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Takata engineers struggled to maintain airbag quality, documents reveal

9:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
Manufacturing problems with Takata airbags go beyond what the supplier has disclosed to federal safety regulators about why the devices are at risk of exploding with dangerous force, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters....
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Fourth U.S. traffic death linked to Takata airbags

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
A fourth traffic death in a Honda car has been linked to a defective airbag made by Japanese supplier Takata, according to a county medical examiner in Florida....
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Dodge 'Scat Pack' trim revival resurrects 1968 trademark dispute

11:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Dodge's attempts to revive its muscle car-era “Scat Pack” trims may have stepped in it in the process. Chrysler Group is being sued by a California aftermarket company for infringing on its nearly 50-year-old “Scat” trademark on the Dodge Challenger and other vehicles....
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Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata airbags

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A fatal accident near Los Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata airbag -- the third death in the United States linked to a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier, according to local officials and the automaker....
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China to punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel economy targets

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China, taking another step to clean the nation's polluted skies, plans to punish automakers by restricting vehicle output and publicly naming violators if they fail to meet fuel economy rules on light vehicles set for 2015....
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Honda starts audit of injury, death reports to U.S. regulator

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Honda asked a third party to determine whether the automaker underreported fatality and injury claims to federal regulators in the United States who are investigating airbag failures with potentially deadly defects....
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THE GM RECALL

GM sued for $10 billion over losses on 27 million recalled cars

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
General Motors was hit with its biggest lawsuit so far over serial recalls, brought on behalf of drivers of 27 million vehicles seeking more than $10 billion in compensation for fallen car prices....
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How dealers can block automakers' right of first refusal

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
With automakers increasing their use of right of first refusal in buy-sell deals, some dealers want to structure transactions to effectively block its use. But they must be watchful about how they do it, dealership buy-sell advisers and dealer lawyers say....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 27

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A program to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has approved three new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 27, according to a report released today by the lawyer overseeing the program....
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EDITORIAL

An mpg report card

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The pace of U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy gains slowed last year, the EPA said in an annual report. But even though the 0.5 mpg improvement in the 2013 model year was less than half the 2012 savings, the report contained encouraging signs....
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In GM bankruptcy, an ex-con and hedge funds find common ground

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2014
Roger Dean Gillispie, a former General Motors security guard, spent 20 years in an Ohio prison for rape until a federal court ordered him released in 2011. Now he wants to sue GM for allegedly helping to frame him, and he's getting support from an unlikely source: hedge funds....
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Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-class cars in U.S. for steering issue

6:52 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 10,500 C-class sedans in the United States from the 2015 model year because a production error causes steering wheels to squeak and resist turning....
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HANS GREIMEL

Crash recorder video craze hits Japan

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Count Japan as the latest entrant to the dash cam craze. Across the country, drivers are uploading and swapping video footage taken through their vehicle crash data recorders....
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Nissan recalls 238,000 2013 Altima sedans on hood latch issue

9:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Nissan is recalling about 238,000 Altima sedans from the 2013 model year because a secondary hood latch may not hold, increasing the risk of a crash, federal safety regulators and the company said today....
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Voice controls, electronic assistants can overwhelm drivers, AAA research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Systems such as Apple's Siri electronic assistant, which automakers started installing in vehicles in 2013, may be as mentally taxing as the buttons and knobs they replace, research released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests....
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THE GM RECALL

GM recalls 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police cars

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
General Motors is recalling 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles from the 2011-13 model years for a problem with the gear shifter that could allow the car to roll away while in park....
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Ford loses bid to recoup $450 million interest on overpaid taxes

5:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
A federal appeals court, in a case that can be traced back to 1983, rejected Ford's bid to recoup about $450 million of interest from the federal government on taxes overpaid by the automaker....
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Mercedes to lower mpg ratings on some C-class sedans

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will lower the fuel economy ratings of some late-model C-class sedans after an audit by federal regulators found errors in mpg testing by the automaker....
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CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says

Sept. 29, 2014 18:06 CET
European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, costing the average consumer an extra 450 euros a year....
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Toyota to recall 690,000 Tacomas in U.S. to fix suspension

1:12 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Toyota said it would recall about 690,00 Tacoma 4X4 and Tacoma pre-runner pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix issues with the vehicles' rear suspension system....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 23

12:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors cars rose by two last week to 23, according to a report today from the lawyer overseeing a program set up to compensate accident victims....
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