Litigation and Regulations

GM settles second ignition-switch lawsuit with parents of Georgia victim

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

The Georgia parents who forced GM to acknowledge an ignition switch defect linked to the deaths of their daughter and at least 64 other people have settled a second case against the company, their lawyers said today. The terms of the new settlement are confidential. GM revealed the ignition switch defect in February 2014, when it announced a recall that was eventually expanded to cover 2.6 million small cars....
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Chassix, a supplier to GM and BMW, files for bankruptcy

11:02 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Chassix, a supplier of chassis, brake and powertrain components to GM, BMW, and others, today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in New York....
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Honda ads will urge drivers to seek Takata airbag fixes

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

American Honda on Monday will launch an ad campaign urging owners to fix vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators at risk of exploding during a crash....
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Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs to repair Tesla component

6:31 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Toyota, which built about 2,500 electric vehicles over three years with Tesla Motors, said it's recalling the RAV4 EVs to repair components supplied by Tesla....
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GM directors should face ignition switch claims, judge is told

6:43 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

GM investors urged a judge to let their lawsuit proceed against the automaker's board that they say was asleep at the switch while the company produced cars with faulty ignition systems that led to fatal accidents....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Let the car-hacking lawsuits begin

3:29 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Fear often outpaces reality, and the issue of car hacking is no exception. But if you ask experts if any ordinary car has ever been hacked, they'll tell you no....
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JIM HENRY

BLOG: Congressmen get testy with CFPB chief Cordray

11:45 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its critics on the House Financial Services Committee traded jabs in a tense session last week as CFPB Director Richard Cordray presented the bureau's semiannual report....
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California dealership managers default on response to claims of falsified Subaru surveys

2:38 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Two California dealership managers failed to respond to a Subaru lawsuit that accused them and 10 others of falsifying customer surveys....
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Hyundai Genesis recalled over possible incorrect gear position display

1:54 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Hyundai is recalling about 24,400 2015 Genesis luxury sedans for a water leak issue that could lead to shifter display problems in the car....
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TrueCar blasts dealers' suit over advertising claims as 'meritless'

11:27 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

TrueCar blasted a lawsuit filed this week by dealers over its advertising claims as “meritless.” In a detailed statement released late Tuesday, the vehicle-shopping site says it has “high confidence that we are compliant with all laws applicable to our business, including those referenced in this litigation.”...
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Fiat Chrysler joins GM in grappling with troubled ignition switches

6:51 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing a burgeoning recall problem with ignition switches that is similar to the troubles faced last year by General Motors. Fiat Chrysler said Friday it is doing a second recall of 703,000 minivans and SUVs with a defective ignition switch that can rotate out of position....
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NHTSA faces dilemma on expediting Takata recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2015

As U.S. auto safety regulators mull an order to speed the Takata airbag recalls, they face a vexing problem: capacity. It's unclear whether suppliers can speed production of the inflators beyond their current expansion plans, or how quickly they could do so....
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NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

7:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata airbags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers....
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Apple explores resolution of A123 Systems’ poaching suit

6:59 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Apple said it’s exploring a potential resolution of a lawsuit in which it’s accused of poaching employees from a lithium ion battery maker amid reports that it’s trying to develop an electric car....
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ZF-TRW deal to be approved by EU regulators, report says

1:48 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

EU antitrust regulators are expected to clear German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for US peer TRW Automotive Holdings with conditions, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today....
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Senate bill would bar car registrations until recalls completed

4:16 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Car buyers in the United States would have to get most repairs subject to a recall performed before registering their vehicles under legislation being introduced by two Democratic senators concerned that too many defects are ignored....
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Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions

3:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, humid regions....
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Year to year, IIHS moves the goal posts

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety added its more demanding Top Safety Pick+ rating in 2012....
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VIDEO: Behind the scenes at the IIHS crash lab

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015

Reporter Ryan Beene previews his feature on the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety with this look inside the institute’s crash lab. Read the complete feature in the Mar. 2nd issue of Automotive News....
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U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive

1:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel today....
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Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests

10:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's troubled inflators on their behalf....
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U.S. orders Takata to preserve airbag inflators for federal probe

4:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

A federal safety regulator on Wednesday ordered troubled Japanese supplier Takata to preserve all airbag inflators removed through a recall process as evidence for a federal investigation and private litigation cases....
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EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. The update covers how automakers should calculate road load values in coast down tests, which measure the rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag of vehicles as they glide from 70 mph to a stop on a straight, flat track....
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GM gets 33 more claims for faulty ignition-switch compensation

11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

GM received another 33 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,345, according to the administrator of the company's compensation program....
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Apple hiring patterns, patents signal automotive r&d plans

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

A year and a half ago, Apple had applied for just eight patents related to auto batteries. Recently, it has hired a bevy of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis....
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