Litigation and Regulations

U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars

10:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing....
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Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous....
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EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax

Nov. 24, 2015 19:59 CET

Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests -- politicians and EU sources said....
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Five U.S. states, D.C. seek joint plan to cut auto sector emissions

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Five states and the District of Columbia plan to develop a joint market-based approach to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles across a large area of the Northeastern United States, their governors and mayor announced today....
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Audi to revise emissions control software in U.S. vehicles with 3.0-liter engines

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Audi said today that it will revise emissions control software used on more than 85,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines that U.S regulators said earlier this month violated U.S. clean air laws....
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Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators

11:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators. “Ford Motor Company products currently in development will not be equipped with Takata airbag inflators that use ammonium nitrate,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said today in a statement....
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Now hiring: FCA needs hackers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Fiat Chrysler seeks cybergeeks to, among other things, “identify gaps, recommend solutions” and work with suppliers to plug any security holes in vehicle software....
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VW, under deadline, submits fix to 2.0-liter diesel emissions violations

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The EPA and California air regulators received an initial proposal from Volkswagen, which faced a Friday deadline, to address emissions violations with the company's 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. Details about the fix were not released and VW officials were not immediately available for comment....
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VW's 3.0-liter diesels under wider scrutiny by EPA, CARB

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The EPA said at least 85,000 vehicles from Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche with 3.0-liter diesel V-6 engines contain software allegedly designed to foil emissions tests, substantially widening the number of vehicles believed to be affected by the issue....
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FCA names Dahl to replace Kunselman as safety and regulatory chief

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Fiat Chrysler named Michael Dahl as its new director of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance. He replaces Scott Kunselman, who is retiring Nov. 30....
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CARB chair says VW likely will buy back some diesels

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The chief of the California Air Resources Board says Volkswagen “likely” will buy back at least some of the roughly 325,000 VW vehicles using the first generation of its 2.0-liter diesel with emissions-masking software....
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U.S. probes Bosch in VW cheating scandal, report says

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

U.S. authorities are investigating German auto supplier Robert Bosch over its role in Volkswagen's massive scheme to cheat U.S. emission standards, people familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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U.S. senators urge VW to expand diesel compensation, agree to buybacks

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Two U.S. senators today urged Volkswagen to agree to buy back vehicles and offer compensation to drivers of all diesel vehicles that government regulators have charged have "defeat devices" to rig emissions standards....
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Auto dealers poised for victory on recall provision in U.S. highway bill

7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

It was supposed to be the response by Congress to a historic string of auto safety lapses that rocked the industry. Instead, lawmakers are finalizing a highway bill that would let dealers sell used cars with outstanding safety recalls....
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VW's Horn: Plan for emissions fix coming 'soon'

8:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Volkswagen Group of America may soon disclose how it intends to fix 482,000 2.0-liter diesel vehicles with illegal emissions software, the company's chief said. The automaker is approaching a Friday deadline to submit draft plans for the fixes to the California Air Resources Board. CARB and the EPA must approve VW's repair plans before a recall can begin....
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Porsche lawyers say actor Paul Walker to blame for his death in crash

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Lawyers for German automaker Porsche said actor Paul Walker was responsible for his own death in a crash of a Porsche sports car, in response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Walker's daughter, court documents showed....
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Takata airbag recall gets more complicated, and messy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Craig Jorgensen owns a Honda CR-V and a Toyota Avalon, both originally fitted with potentially deadly Takata airbags. His experience in the biggest combined safety recall in U.S. automotive history shows just how complicated the process is....
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NHTSA finally puts foot down on propellant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Federal regulators are taking over efforts to recall 19 million U.S. vehicles and replace 23 million potentially faulty airbag inflators. But they are going beyond that. Regulators also set a deadline for halting the use of ammonium nitrate as an airbag propellant....
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VW, Audi to meet U.S. regulators on emissions this week, report says

10:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Volkswagen and Audi executives will meet with U.S. environmental regulators this week, ahead of a Nov. 20 California deadline to submit a plan to fix nearly 500,000 diesel cars that violate pollution emission rules, people familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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Ford faces trial on mpg estimates as U.S. judge refuses to toss suit

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Ford will have to face trial over claims that it exaggerated fuel-efficiency estimates for its Fusion and C-Max hybrids after a federal judge denied the company’s request to throw the case out....
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Takata crisis dents keiretsu argument

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Honda has decided to stop using airbags supplied by Takata Corp. That's a catastrophic turn of affairs for Takata after a run of quality glitches that have resulted in 19 million U.S. vehicle recalls and as many as eight deaths. But it's also a dramatic twist in what the auto industry has long assumed about Japanese keiretsus....
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U.S. senators seek to ensure Takata recall is completed

6:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Two influential U.S. senators, worried about Takata's ability to complete a recall of potentially deadly airbag inflators, sought regulatory guidance on how to hold the Japanese supplier accountable if its U.S. subsidiary goes bankrupt....
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VW to send prepaid credit cards to U.S. diesel owners

Nov. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

VW of America will send prepaid credit cards to thousands of diesel vehicle owners in the coming weeks as a goodwill gesture to calm concerns over its diesel emissions scandal....
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Volkswagen set to send prepaid credit cards to diesel owners

7:18 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2015

Volkswagen of America will send prepaid credit cards to thousands of diesel vehicle owners in the coming weeks as a goodwill gesture to calm concerns over its diesel emissions scandal....
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Toyota joins Honda in ditching Takata airbag inflators

6:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Toyota joined Honda in saying it won't use key components made by Takata, as more automakers come out to distance themselves from the airbag supplier whose defective devices are behind the biggest ever automotive safety recall....
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