Litigation and Regulations

Honda driver's death in La. may be 7th from recalled Takata airbags

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

A Louisiana woman who got an airbag recall notice for her 2005 Honda Civic two days after the crash that killed her may be the seventh fatality linked to the defective Takata safety device....
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U.S. weighs charges against GM following ignition switch recall, WSJ says

9:23 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors are considering wire-fraud charges against General Motors stemming from its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a defective ignition switch linked to 111 deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported today....
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Nissan store manager, controller in Ala. charged with fraud to win incentive bonuses

3:50 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

The former general manager and controller of an Alabama Nissan dealership are charged with falsely reporting vehicle sales and receiving factory incentive bonuses....
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 111

3:05 pm U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 111 deaths, up two more from a week ago, the office administering GM’s victim compensation fund said....
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Google plans driverless-car reports after 2nd accident in a week

2:34 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Google plans to release monthly reports on its self-driving cars, part of a push to disclose more information about the technology, following a second accident for one of the vehicles in less than a week....
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Dow CEO being probed by SEC for allegations of misspending, report says

11:02 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating allegations that Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris misused company funds for personal benefit, people familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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Ford accused by software maker of intellectual property theft

3:33 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

A Texas software company that says it helped Ford significantly reduce warranty costs and bring vehicles to market faster has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the automaker of stealing its intellectual property....
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FCA hearing by NHTSA to proceed, despite automaker's changes

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to proceed with a July 2 public hearing to probe Fiat Chrysler's handling of 20 recalls despite several changes and new initiatives by the company designed to improve its recall performance....
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Takata identifies at least 400,000 faulty airbag replacement parts, report says

12:31 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

At least 400,000 of the 4 million replacement inflators for defective Takata airbags will need to be replaced again in U.S. vehicles, sources at NHTSA and the Japanese safety equipment maker told Reuters....
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Wagoner set for deposition Sept. 2

3:39 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

Former General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner is scheduled to be deposed in September in a class-action suit filed by consumers against the automaker over defective ignition switches now linked to at least 109 deaths, Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard's office confirmed....
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Goodyear, Sumitomo to dissolve global tire alliance

12:07 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

Goodyear and Sumitomo Rubber Industries have agreed to dissolve their 16-year-old global tire alliance, with Goodyear to pay SRI $271 million initially and $55 million in three years' time....
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Takata plans to 'transition' away from ammonium nitrate in airbags

3:18 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Takata plans to “transition” away from using a volatile chemical in its airbag inflators, a top executive from the embattled supplier told a panel of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday....
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Canada seeks recall powers akin to U.S.

4:54 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is introducing a law that would give her the authority to force companies to recall faulty vehicles....
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Takata will drop a troublesome airbag inflator design

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Takata will stop producing one type of driver-side airbag inflator that's used in more than 17 million U.S. vehicles covered by its expanded recalls, a top Takata executive plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday....
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GM ignition-switch death toll inches up to 109

2:23 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switches is up to 109, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said....
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Key Safety will ramp up airbag inflator production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December....
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Regulated France is fertile ground for car-sharing

May 30, 2015 06:15 CET

Drivy, a French firm that helps car owners rent out their vehicles, has bought a German rival in the latest sign that France is becoming a hub for the booming vehicle-sharing sector, with help rather than hindrance from the country's notorious red tape....
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2 car salesmen rescue trucker from fiery crash in Minn.

1:13 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Two car salesmen from neighboring dealerships in suburban Minneapolis teamed up Wednesday afternoon to save a life....
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Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are exploding and injuring motorists, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said....
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Automakers asked by House panel about cybersecurity policies

5:21 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

As in-car Wifi and smartphone integration becomes increasingly common, lawmakers want to know how automakers plan to prevent hackers from compromising safety by tapping in through a car's digital connection....
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Key Safety ramps up airbag inflator production

4:10 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems said today it will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December....
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FCA, Ford, Honda expand Takata airbag recalls

2:17 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Following Takata's admission last week that its defective airbags were in millions of U.S. vehicles, Fiat Chrysler will add more than 1.8 million vehicles vehicles to its Takata recalls while Ford will add more than 950,000 to its campaigns....
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GM ignition-switch suits put on ice by U.S. judge, for now

6:22 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put on hold dozens of lawsuits accusing General Motors of concealing an ignition-switch defect while the plaintiffs in those cases appeal an earlier ruling that found their cases were barred....
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Ex-GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio to be deposed in ignition-switch lawsuit

3:58 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio will be deposed in June in the class-action filed by consumers against the automaker over the faulty ignition switches now linked to 107 deaths, Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard's office confirmed today....
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House panel sets hearing on Takata recalls

3:19 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

A House of Representatives panel has called a June 2 hearing to probe the Takata airbag recalls that last week mushroomed to cover 34 million vehicles....
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