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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Reports of Takata coverup 'require a criminal investigation,' lawmakers say

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Lawmakers have called for a federal criminal probe into Japanese auto supplier Takata following a report that the company destroyed results of airbag tests conducted in secret in 2004....
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GM's first safety-defect trial set for January 2016

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
A federal judge in Manhattan has set Jan. 11, 2016, for the first trial in consolidated litigation against GM over a series of safety issues, including a faulty ignition switch, that have prompted millions of recalls this year....
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Ford sued over sexual harassment allegations at Chicago plant

7:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
A lawyer who previously won a large settlement in a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against Ford filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of four plaintiffs and “hundreds” of others in similar situations, alleging sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation occurring at Ford's Chicago assembly plant....
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Hitachi Metals to plead guilty, pay $1.25 million U.S. fine for fixing parts prices sold to Toyota

2:17 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Hitachi Metals will pay a $1.25 million fine and plead guilty for fixing prices and rigging bids of brake hose installed in cars in the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday....
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GM lawsuit poses danger to future bailouts, Treasury says

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
The Treasury Department says confidential information it received during the GM bailout should stay secret, otherwise at-risk companies needing government help in the future might not be willing to share data....
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Takata knew of airbag defects as early as 2001, lawsuits allege

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Takata knew at least as early as 2001 of manufacturing defects that could lead its airbags to explode, U.S. drivers claimed in lawsuits....
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GM wins appeal, dismissal of Spyker lawsuit upheld

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
GM persuaded a federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a $3 billion lawsuit in which Spyker accused it of derailing a plan to sell the Swedish automaker Saab to a Chinese company....
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N.Y. taxi owners to fight Nissan's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' in court of appeals

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
New York taxi fleet operators won permission to challenge the city's $1 billion plan for the "Taxi of Tomorrow," a new fleet of cabs from Nissan, before the state's top court....
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Toyota ordered to pay $12.5 million to woman 'virtually decapitated' by seat belt

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
A California jury ordered Toyota to pay $12.5 million for being responsible for debilitating lap-only seat belt injuries in a 2010 crash....
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Takata hit with 2 more airbag lawsuits

11:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
The recall crisis involving Takata airbags exploding with too much force and spraying occupants with metal shrapnel continues to grow, with two more lawsuits filed concerning accidents in older Honda cars....
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Ferrari fans sue Facebook, carmaker for taking their pages

5:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
A Swiss father and his son who gained millions of Facebook followers through their Ferrari fan pages sued the social media company and the carmaker claiming they teamed up to illegally seize control of the websites....
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Former Showa exec indicted in U.S. price-fixing probe

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A former executive of Japanese auto parts supplier Showa has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cincinnati on a charge of conspiring to fix the prices of parts sold to American Honda and others....
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Claims for compensation from faulty GM ignition switch rise to 1,130

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The number of claims of injury and death linked to a faulty ignition switch in GM cars rose 30 percent last week to 1,130, according to a report on Monday from the lawyer overseeing a program set up to compensate accident victims....
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U.S. charges 5 former dealer employees with loan fraud conspiracy in Ala.

7:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Five former Serra Nissan employees have been charged in Birmingham, Ala., in connection with an alleged conspiracy to fraudulently increase loan approvals and car sales, the FBI said in a statement....
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Fiat's tax accord with Luxembourg may be illegal state aid, EU says

Sept. 30, 2014 13:13 CET
The European Commission has told Luxembourg that its tax arrangement with a Fiat finance subsidiary may constitute state aid, breaking EU internal market rules....
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Hyundai must pay $73 million punitive award in Montana teens' deaths

6:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Hyundai must pay $73 million in punitive damages to the families of two Montana teenagers killed in 2011 crash blamed on a steering defect, a judge said....
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Fiat, VW must face lawsuit over fuel figures, group says

Sept. 23, 2014 15:35 CET
An Italian consumer group is inviting car buyers to join a lawsuit against Fiat and VW over allegations that two of the automakers' vehicles were between 18 percent and 50 percent less fuel efficient than stated by the companies....
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NO LAND, NO STORE?

High-volume dealer sues after Mitsubishi sells SoCal site

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Abbas Ahmadi's passion for cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has made him a star in the automaker's retail network. His four Mitsubishi stores accounted for 3 percent of the automaker's total U.S. sales last year. Yet Ahmadi's relationship with Mitsubishi has been rocky, generating multiple lawsuits, and now he's in a battle to save his Huntington Beach, Calif., dealership....
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EU antitrust chief says more cartel fines on way for suppliers

Sept. 19, 2014 12:41 CET
EU regulators say they are ready to penalize several suppliers found guilty of price fixing. The EU has already fined two supplier cartels more than 1 billion euros in the last year....
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7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today....
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Lawyers reaching for in-car data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
Information gathered by vehicle telematics systems is garnering increased attention from lawyers who see the data as a puzzle piece in building court cases....
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U.S. charges former dealership salesman, other man in California with odometer fraud

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Two California men, one a former salesman at a Los Angeles Ford dealership, were charged with rolling back odometers, the Justice Department said today....
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VW, Chrysler fined $46 million by China regulator for price monopoly

Sept. 11, 2014 11:10 CET
VW Group and Chrysler were fined a combined $46 million by China's anti-monopoly regulator in the first-ever punishment of foreign carmakers for price fixing. The penalty raised the possibility of similar fines for Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover....
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Bosch approaches Brazil regulator over spark plug cartel

Sept. 8, 2014 14:36 CET
Bosch says it approached Brazil's antitrust authorities after discovering it had been operating a cartel in spark plugs together with Japan's NGK Spark Plug Co. "We have reported ourselves to the authorities," the supplier said....
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GM wins dismissal of 'channel stuffing' suit related to IPO

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
General Motors has won dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit accusing it of padding sales around the time of its November 2010 initial public offering by quietly unloading vehicle inventory on its dealers....
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