Litigation and Regulations

Diesel scandal at VW threatens 'Made in Germany' image

11:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

Until last Friday, the mighty Volkswagen brand symbolized German engineering prowess and reliability. In just four days, that has changed radically. A scandal over cheating on U.S. diesel emission tests has engulfed the company and many Germans worry it will have a domino effect on their businesses, eroding the cherished "Made in Germany" label....
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Volkswagen owners want payback over pollution-control cheating

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

John Decker bought his 2013 Volkswagen Jetta diesel thinking he was doing his part to improve the environment and reduce his carbon footprint. Now that VW has admitted its claims about the model's performance were false, he just wants the company to buy it back from him....
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VW's diesel sales frozen until compliance is proven, EPA official says

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

With its diesel car lineup grounded by an emissions-test cheating scandal, Volkswagen now bears the burden of proving that these vehicles comply with federal emissions standards, the EPA's top auto regulator said....
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BLOG: How VW's 'clean diesel' made a liar out of me

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Volkswagen has made a liar out of me. For months, I've been telling people about how much I like the 2015 Golf SportWagen TDI that I bought in May....
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VW diesel 'defeat device' scandal will test Winterkorn's leadership

Sept. 21, 2015 12:00 CET

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn may face a leadership challenge after it was disclosed that the automaker cheated on U.S. air pollution tests for diesel cars, analysts said....
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Curious clean-air group discovered VW emissions violations

11:21 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

It didn't add up. The Volkswagens were spewing harmful exhaust when testers drove them on the road. In the lab, they were fine. Discrepancies in the European tests on the diesel models of the VW Passat, the VW Jetta and the BMW X5 last year gave Peter Mock an idea....
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VW shares plunge 20% on emissions scandal; U.S. widens probe

12:21 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Volkswagen shares had plunged more than 20 percent today, their biggest one-day fall, after the German carmaker admitted it had rigged emissions tests in the United States, and U.S. authorities said they would widen their probe to other manufacturers....
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After GM settlement, an unsettled feeling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2015

The known financial toll to GM for hiding a deadly safety defect now exceeds $2.3 billion. But outside of GM, there's little feeling of genuine accountability for the ignition-switch flaw now tied to 124 deaths and 275 injuries over more than a decade....
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Criminal charges still possible for some GM employees, U.S. says

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

Federal prosecutors today announced a $900 million fine against General Motors and said they have ruled out criminal charges against some -- but not all -- of the 15 GM employees fired in connection with last year’s ignition-switch recall....
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Despite settlements, GM still faces exposure in civil suits

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

General Motors' potential liability over flawed ignition switches isn't over yet, and billions of dollars remain at stake. GM agreed today to pay $575 million to end a shareholder suit tied to the defect and more than 1,380 civil cases by victims. A separate $900 million accord with the U.S. government resolved a criminal probe into the matter....
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GM sets aside $575 million for death and injury settlements

9:59 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

GM said it will take a $575 million charge in the third quarter to settle 1,380 death and injury claims related to 2014 recalls, as well as a class-action lawsuit filed by shareholders....
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Automakers asked by U.S. senators for details on cyber security

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Two U.S. senators have asked the world's biggest automakers for information on steps they have taken to protect cars from being hacked, as attention on vehicle security has surged following the first car recall over a cyber bug....
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Ford power-steering investigation ended by NHTSA

9:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

A U.S. investigation into about 848,600 Ford vehicles for loss of power steering has ended, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said....
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Automatic brakes on fast track

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

A novel agreement between regulators and automakers to help standardize automatic emergency braking is aimed at dramatically speeding the penetration of the nascent technology in the U.S. auto market, without a federal mandate....
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BMW will pay $1.6 million, offer jobs to resolve EEOC lawsuit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina last week entered a consent decree ordering BMW Manufacturing Co. to pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to alleged victims of race discrimination as part of the resolution of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission....
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California lawmakers drop fuel economy provision from climate bill

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

A proposal to slash fuel use by cars and trucks in California over the next 15 years was dropped late Wednesday from an ambitious climate change bill in the California State Assembly....
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FCA issues three recalls for 1.7 million trucks

8:12 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling about 1.73 million trucks for defects including a wiring harness that may short-circuit and set off an airbag. The largest recall covers 1.06 million trucks in the U.S....
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NHTSA calls for hearing on Takata airbag recalls

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a public hearing next month on its effort to coordinate the Takata airbag inflator recalls affecting nearly 20 million vehicles in the United States....
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Cadillac recalls 121,000 ATS sedans for defroster defect

11:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

General Motors said it is recalling 121,000 Cadillac ATS sedans because the rear-window defroster can overheat and potentially catch fire. The automaker said it is aware of four fires related to the defect, but not of any crashes, injuries or deaths....
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BMW to pay $1.6 million, rehire black workers to settle federal bias claims

7:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

BMW will pay $1.6 million and offer to rehire dozens of black former employees at a South Carolina plant who were fired after the company implemented a new criminal background check policy, according to a settlement agreement approved Tuesday....
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BLOG: Why U.S. isn't ready for a law that grounds vehicles with open recalls

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

AutoNation's declaration that it won’t sell a vehicle that has an open recall may prompt renewed calls to make that policy the law of the land. Such a law would be a mistake, at least under our current system of government recalls....
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Nissan to recall 300,000 small cars; NHTSA upgrades investigation into seat sensors

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Nissan North America is recalling nearly 300,000 small cars over concerns that an interior trim panel near the accelerator pedal could trap a driver's foot, possibly causing unwanted acceleration or delaying braking....
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NGK Insulators to pay $65.3 million U.S. fine for price-fixing, obstruction

3:11 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Japanese auto supplier NGK Insulators has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $65.3 million fine for fixing prices of automotive parts and attempting to obstruct the ongoing global investigation into auto parts bid rigging, the U.S. Department of Justice said today....
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Ex-Tesla engineer charged with illegally accessing employee evaluations

4:17 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with felony computer intrusion for accessing his manager's email account, sharing employee evaluations with others and posting confidential information on the Web....
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Takata settles U.S. patent infringement case for airbag sensors

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Two units of Japanese auto supplier Takata are settling a six-year patent infringement dispute with International Electronics & Engineering and its Detroit area subsidiary for $1.1 million....
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