Litigation and Regulations

NHTSA launches VIN tool to search for recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Car buyers and owners can use a vehicle's identification number to identify open or unrepaired safety recalls with a new search tool released by NHTSA starting today. Consumers enter a VIN to find out whether the vehicle has any open, unrepaired recalls and whether the automaker has a fix available....
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THE GM RECALL

GM expands website for owners of recalled vehicles

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
General Motors' website for owners of its vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches has been expanded to include all 20 models involved, the automaker said....
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U.S. details plans for car-to-car safety communications

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
After more than a decade of research into car-to-car communications, federal auto safety regulators took a step forward today by unveiling their plan for requiring cars to have wireless gear that will enable them to warn drivers of danger....
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THE GM RECALL

U.S. judge appoints lead counsel for GM ignition-switch cases

7:06 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
A federal judge has appointed two lawyers who led cases against Toyota, and a plaintiffs' attorney from Texas, to lead litigation against General Motors related to a faulty ignition switch that prompted the recall of millions of vehicles this year....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Court ruling on telecommuting could affect dealerships

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
What does a former Ford employee with irritable bowel syndrome have to do with car dealerships? Potentially, a lot, says a dealership lawyer....
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China says it will punish Audi, Chrysler for monopoly behavior

Aug. 6, 2014 09:15 CET
China said it will punish Audi, Chrysler and 10 Japanese spare-parts makers for anti-trust violations. The Chinese government is scrutinizing pricing practices as the country becomes an increasingly important profit source for foreign automakers....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Fuel regs will stymie industry after 2018, NADA economist says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The federal targets for higher vehicle fuel efficiency will curb the industry's ability to sell more cars after the end of this decade, a leading economist predicts....
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July mpg figures rise, stand shy of U.S. record, report says

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The average stated fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the United States in July inched back closer to the all-time high set two months earlier, a University of Michigan report said today....
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Execs who delay safety recalls would face life in prison under Senate bill

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Auto executives who delay safety recalls that result in deaths could face up to life in prison under a new bill backed by a United States senator who has been one of the staunchest critics of GM's handling of its ignition switch recalls....
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THE GM RECALL

GM missed red flag from rental car firms on fatal crashes

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
More than seven years before GM began the biggest wave of auto recalls in history, an investigator for Vanguard Car Rental contacted the carmaker about a fatal rollover crash in California. Vanguard wasn't alone. Records show Enterprise Holdings pressed the automaker about a potential Cobalt defect because airbags failed in routine crashes. Avis and Hertz also had Cobalts in their fleets that crashed....
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Small cars struggle in latest round of IIHS crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Small cars performed poorly in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, with the four-door Mini Cooper Countryman receiving the only good rating of 12 cars evaluated. Meanwhile, the lithium ion electric batteries of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf electric vehicle survived during their first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests with no problems reported....
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THE GM RECALL

GM sued over deaths, injuries linked to ignition switch

10:14 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
General Motors was hit Tuesday with a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 650 people allegedly injured or killed in accidents involving cars that have been recalled this year for faulty ignition switches....
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Chrysler sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Chrysler was sued over allegedly faulty ignition switches in Jeeps, in a follow-up to more than 120 lawsuits General Motors faces over the same defect. Both automakers are accused of employing ignition switches that can be unexpectedly turned off, cutting power to brakes, steering and airbags and causing potentially deadly loss of control....
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GM moved faster to fix larger cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints about the less profitable Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, documents GM submitted to federal regulators show....
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THE GM RECALL

GM seeks broader immunity in switch lawsuits

3:49 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
GM, moving to expand its immunity from lawsuits after recalling almost 29 million cars in North America, said it sees no need to try to settle customer claims until a judge decides whether it's legally responsible for faults in its predecessor's cars....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine....
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Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags. Engineers are still developing a fix, and the company says it is initiating a recall “out of an abundance of caution.”...
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2 senators want probe of delays in rail deliveries to dealerships

4:23 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Two senators are asking the Surface Transportation Board -- a bipartisan body of the Department of Transportation -- to investigate railroad delays of vehicle deliveries to dealerships....
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Driver of stolen Tesla that crashed, split in 2, dies

9:43 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The driver of a stolen Model S sedan that crashed and split in two in west Los Angeles nearly a week ago has died. The L.A. County Department of Coroner said today that the driver, Joshua Michael Flot, 26, of Inglewood, Calif., died on Monday....
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GM recalls nearly 30,000 Saab 9-3 convertibles

July 10, 2014 13:56 CET
General Motors is recalling almost 30,000 Saab 9-3 convertibles in the United States for a seat belt issue that has previously affected sedan models....
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U.S. auto recalls smash single-year record with 6 months to go

12:49 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Automakers this year have already recalled more vehicles in the United States than in any other year on record. NHTSA says U.S. recalls total 37.5 million cars to date, topping the 30.8 million record set in 2004....
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THE GM RECALL

GM won't use insurance proceeds to pay ignition-switch claims

10:31 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
General Motors will not be looking for liability insurance funds to help pay for claims stemming from its ignition-switch safety crisis. "It will be done through cash on hand, no insurance," said David Roman, GM's director of financial communications....
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GM RECALL

GM victims bear burden of proof

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The victim compensation program that attorney Kenneth Feinberg outlined last week requires claimants to provide evidence that the defective switch played a role in the accident....
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NICK BUNKLEY

Compensation, yes, but no happy endings for GM crash victims' families

3:07 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Daryl Chansuthus bristled at the word “compensation” when we spoke on the phone this week. Compensation doesn’t fill the void created on a rainy December night five years ago, when her 25-year-old daughter’s Chevrolet Cobalt SS hit a tree off Interstate 24 in Tennessee and no airbags deployed. More than compensation, Chansuthus wants accountability....
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Subaru recalls 660,000 vehicles for potential road salt brake-line corrosion

10:46 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Subaru of America is recalling more than 660,000 vehicles in 20 “salt belt” states and the District of Columbia for potential brake-line corrosion that can occur when salt water enters through a gap in the fuel tank protector, the company said today....
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