Litigation and Regulations

U.S. recalls hit another record in 2015, NHTSA chief Rosekind says

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

More than 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015 in nearly 900 campaigns, another record, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind said today during a speech at the Washington auto show....
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GM ignition-switch plaintiff, accused of perjury, hires criminal-defense lawyer

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

The Oklahoma man whose lawsuit against General Motors over flawed ignition switches was the first to go to trial hired a criminal-defense attorney after the carmaker accused him of perjury and check fraud, the lawyer said....
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GM ignition-switch trial hits snag over real-estate fraud accusation

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

An Oklahoma family's eviction from their “dream house” following allegations of check fraud is threatening to derail the first trial over General Motors' ignition-switch flaw....
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U.S. Supreme Court to decide if service advisers must be paid overtime

11:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over whether service advisers must be paid overtime. Arguments before the court are expected this spring....
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FTC workshop on auto retailing examines regulation, factory-direct sales

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

How much regulation is too much? That was the core question at a daylong hearing Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission on state laws and auto retailing, including the issue of direct factory-to-consumer vehicle sales....
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LOST YEAR

Volkswagen's efforts to clear diesel cloud sputter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

A full four months into a crisis that has cast it a cheater, polluter and corporate villain, Volkswagen appears to be backsliding in its stated aim of regaining trust and credibility with consumers, dealers and regulators....
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EDITORIAL

VW must do better than this to fix scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

The responsibility to get Volkswagen square with U.S. regulators rests on the shoulders of new CEO Matthias Mueller. But he has been slow to respond to regulators in Washington and California. And last week, things got worse....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dragging my feet and getting shamed into fixing a Jeep

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

FCA has been a nagging but well-meaning aunt, bugging me regularly to bring in an older Jeep Grand Cherokee for an inspection and possible update....
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Ex-GM engineer DeGiorgio acknowledges 'mistakes' made over ignition switch

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Jurors heard testimony from former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio, who approved a faulty ignition switch 12 years before its problems prompted a massive recall that came too late, according to lawyers for a man suing GM over injuries he suffered in a crash....
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Auto industry, U.S. regulators agree to historic measures to improve recalls

11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Department and 17 automakers pledged to work together on safety measures and to improve recalls while the companies also agreed to voluntarily work with the government to identify cybersecurity threats....
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GM challenges ignition-switch plaintiff's account of crash fallout

7:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

A GM lawyer pushed back against an Oklahoma man's testimony that his quality of life plummeted because of crash injuries he blamed on his Saturn Ion's faulty ignition switch, in the first trial after a recall of millions of vehicles with the defective switch....
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U.S. seeks to clear autonomous-car hurdles

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

U.S. highway safety officials plan to take several steps this year to clear the way for autonomous vehicles -- including those designed to operate without a driver -- to hit the streets in large numbers....
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GM cites victim's painkillers in ignition-switch trial

10:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

The plaintiff's attorney in the bellwether federal trial over General Motors' flawed ignition switches says the automaker's "blame-the-victim" strategy is already on display in the early proceedings....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

U.S. regulators signal no quick remedy for VW's diesels

10:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

The timetable for VW to deploy fixes for seven years' worth of diesel vehicles and resume sales of new ones remains unknown after California regulators rejected the automaker's initial repair proposals, a top EPA official said today....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Autonomous cars will challenge technology infrastructure, panelists say

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Twenty years from now, the auto industry will have tens of millions self-driving vehicles on the road, but it may require automakers to share data with municipalities -- and each other....
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Auto industry's fuel economy goals are in trouble

9:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

In private meetings late last year, U.S. regulators and automakers staked out preliminary -- and opposing -- positions in a debate about the companies' ability to boost fuel economy 50 percent to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025....
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Some of dealers' claims against TrueCar advertising proceed

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

TrueCar was unable to end a claim by a coalition of 162 new- and used-vehicle dealerships around the U.S. that it violated federal and New York laws through advertising a haggle-free experience and telling customers they can learn a vehicle's “factory invoice” price through its website and thus get “an exceptional offer.”...
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

NHTSA's Rosekind steps up call for proactive safety culture

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

After another year of massive recalls and record fines imposed on automakers, Mark Rosekind doubled down on his push for the auto industry to take up a more proactive approach to vehicle safety....
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GM concealed ignition-switch defect, U.S. jurors told in 'bellwether' trial

4:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

GM should pay for concealing an ignition-switch defect from its customers that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths, a lawyer for an Oklahoma man injured in a car crash told a Manhattan jury today....
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Volkswagen's diesel fix plan rejected by Calif. regulators

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The California Air Resources Board said it rejected Volkswagen AG's plan to fix 2.0-liter diesel cars with software that allow them to emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution....
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GM unveils technology to help avoid child heatstroke deaths

2:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

GM said it will introduce a new safety system to remind drivers to check for children in the rear seats, and that it could eventually develop features to detect forgotten children....
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Ex-politician John Edwards among lawyers vying for lead role in Volkswagen suit

9:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Among the more than 140 plaintiffs' lawyers competing to lead private litigation against Volkswagen over its emissions cheating scandal is former U.S. Senator and Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards....
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U.S., major automakers to announce safety accord Friday, reports say

7:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

The U.S. government and a group of leading global automakers are set to announce a ground-breaking voluntary agreement at the Detroit auto show on Friday aimed at dramatically improving the industry's safety, according to company officials....
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Volkswagen emissions litigation to be handled by ex-FBI director, U.S. judge says

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

A federal judge overseeing more than 500 lawsuits filed against Volkswagen AG over its excess diesel emissions today named a former FBI director to help settle the cases....
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EPA official: Low fuel prices, slow EV sales won't influence review on 54.5 mpg

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Cheap gasoline and slow sales of hybrids and electric vehicles will not influence the midterm review of the government's proposed 54.5 mpg fleet average fuel economy standard for the 2025 model year, Christopher Grundler, the EPA's director of transportation and air quality, told Automotive News today....
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