Litigation and Regulations

About 1 in 5 U.S. vehicles has open safety recall, Carfax says

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Nearly one in five vehicles on U.S. roads is in need of repair of a safety issue serious enough to be involved in a federal government recall, according to used-car history provider Carfax....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I agree with NHTSA: E-shifters stink, but they're not defective

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

I have something in common with the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: I don't like e-shifters, either. But let's be clear. This isn't an alleged defect....
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GM ignition-switch deal will not be reviewed, U.S. judge rules

11:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

A U.S. judge today rejected a request to reconsider his approval of a settlement fund to resolve more than a thousand lawsuits over deaths and injuries blamed on an ignition-switch defect that prompted GM to recall 2.6 million vehicles....
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Self-driving cars succumb to snow blindness as driving lanes disappear

6:41 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

As automakers race to get robot cars on the road, they're encountering an obstacle very familiar to humans: Old Man Winter. Simple snow can render the most advanced computing power useless and leave vehicles dead on the highway....
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EPA, SEMA at odds over proposed racecar rule

5:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

A potential EPA ban on many road-to-racecar conversions has touched off a battle with the aftermarket industry, whose trade group says the move would reverse decades of agency policy and deal a blow to auto racing and the parts market....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

VW haunted by emissions lies as it faces tougher U.S. prosecutors

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

No one has died from the emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has admitted it installed in some of its cars, yet U.S. prosecutors may treat it more harshly than two automakers whose defective vehicles killed people. Neither GM nor Toyota plead guilty in their cases, but VW may be forced to if charged with criminal conduct and also wants to settle....
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VW sued by N.J. over excess diesel emissions

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action....
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Rise in traffic deaths last year raises alarm at NHTSA

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

U.S. Transportation Department officials are mounting an effort to tackle the human causes behind traffic deaths, which after years of steady declines, increased sharply last year....
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Takata posts quarterly profit gain as airbag recalls mount

6:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Takata reported quarterly profit rose from a year earlier, as it seeks to convince automakers including Honda to continue to support it through expanding recalls....
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Honda will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in U.S. over restraint system

7:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Honda said it will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in the United States to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system after confirming two injuries linked to the units....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Chock this out: We may have jumped the shark on Recall-o-rama

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker will voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers with free wheel chocks....
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Takata plans to present restructuring plan to carmakers in May, report says

10:58 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Takata is preparing to present a restructuring plan to automakers in early May that will include an agreement on the sharing of recall costs, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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Toyota recalls 320,000 vehicles for side airbag issue

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Toyota today said it is recalling about 320,000 vehicles from the 2003-06 model years for an airbag-related defect. The recall affects the 2003-06 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2004-06 4Runner, 2005-06 Tundra, 2005-06 Sequoia, 2003-06 Lexus LX 470 and 2004-06 Lexus GX 470....
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GM, lawyers ask U.S. judge to reject bid to halt switch settlement

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

General Motors has asked a judge to reject efforts by a lawyer who first publicly exposed a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles to undo a settlement fund resolving 1,380 death and injury lawsuits....
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Takata must change culture to prevent another safety crisis, panel says

6:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Takata Corp. must make quality a part of company culture if it hopes to prevent future safety defects like the exploding airbags at the center of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, a panel appointed by the Tokyo-based manufacturer to review its manufacturing process concluded....
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VW faces U.S. deadline for SUV emission repair plan

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Volkswagen faces a Feb. 2 deadline to submit a repair plan for 80,000 diesel SUVs and larger cars that emit excess pollution, even as it considers buying back some vehicles and a prior fix plan for smaller vehicles was rejected....
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Tesla applies for dealership license in Michigan

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Tesla Motors has applied for a Michigan dealership license, a move the automaker said is intended to test a state law effectively banning the electric-vehicle maker's direct-sales model....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Industry breaks trust, makes its bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Widespread safety recalls, information withholding and deceitful practices are damaging the auto industry's public credibility and sparking a regulatory reaction....
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GM, Lithia, Koons settle advertising allegations by FTC

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

GM and two dealership companies, Jim Koons Management and Lithia Motors, will settle allegations that they advertised cars as being carefully inspected when, in fact, they had unrepaired safety recalls, the FTC said....
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How GM ignition-switch plaintiffs' lawyer botched his big case

11:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Hilliard has litigated some 1,300 cases against General Motors over its deadly ignition switches, but he suffered a stunning blow in the middle of a high-visibility trial last week in New York. It was a lucky "Perry Mason" moment for GM....
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Automatic braking reduces rear-end crashes, IIHS study finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Automatic braking systems were shown in a new study to reduce rear-end crashes by about 40 percent on average, adding momentum to a push by safety groups, regulators and some automakers to equip all new cars with the technology....
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EU seeks more powers over car regulations after VW scandal

Jan. 27, 2016 14:44 CET

The EU is seeking sweeping powers over national car regulations, aiming to prevent a repeat of VW's emissions rigging. Under proposed new rules, Brussels would be able to order spot checks on vehicles, order recalls and impose penalties for failure to comply with environmental laws....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Why the time has come for a Takata bailout

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

It's time for Takata's largest customers to seize the company and ensure it can meet all of the legal and safety obligations arising from its faulty airbag inflators....
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Europe proposes changes in new-car approvals in light of VW scandal

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

EU regulators will propose a shakeup of rules on authorizing new models of cars to prevent a rerun of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, firing the starting gun on a tough debate as governments and industry resist change....
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Takata will meet carmakers to gauge possible financial aid, source says

Jan. 25, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata plans to meet with key customers this week to gauge how receptive they are to extending financial aid to help the supplier cope with the costs of its massive airbag recall, a person familiar with the matter said. Honda and Nissan said they received invitations to meet with Takata....
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