Litigation and Regulations


VW to send prepaid credit cards to U.S. diesel owners

Nov. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

VW of America will send prepaid credit cards to thousands of diesel vehicle owners in the coming weeks as a goodwill gesture to calm concerns over its diesel emissions scandal....
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Volkswagen set to send prepaid credit cards to diesel owners

7:18 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2015

Volkswagen of America will send prepaid credit cards to thousands of diesel vehicle owners in the coming weeks as a goodwill gesture to calm concerns over its diesel emissions scandal....
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Toyota joins Honda in ditching Takata airbag inflators

6:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Toyota joined Honda in saying it won't use key components made by Takata, as more automakers come out to distance themselves from the airbag supplier whose defective devices are behind the biggest ever automotive safety recall....
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EU comes under mounting pressure to agree on Europewide type approval

Nov. 6, 2015 08:23 CET

The EU's industry commissioner, Elzbieta Bienkowska, said the European Commission should have oversight powers over type approval tests in the wake of the VW emissions scandal. Her comments came amid growing pressure from investors and environmental organizations for tougher testing before new cars are approved for sale in the EU....
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VW luxury cars in Europe fitted with same devices as in U.S.

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Volkswagen's luxury diesel cars in Europe are fitted with the same software that U.S. regulators say was used to cheat emissions tests in the United States, the carmaker said today....
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VW, Porsche, Audi put all diesel sales on hold in U.S.

3:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

The American arms of Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen have halted sales of 3.0-liter diesel vehicles that the EPA on Monday said contain illegal software to manipulate emissions. The move puts sales of all new Volkswagen Group diesel vehicles on hold in the U.S. market....
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Mercedes to recall 126,260 vehicles in U.S. for airbag flaw

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 126,260 cars for a defect that can cause airbags to inflate unexpectedly without a crash -- or not at all during one....
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Takata agrees to pay $70 million fine for defective airbags

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Takata agreed to phase out its use of ammonium nitrate propellant in airbag inflators and pay a $70 million U.S. fine to resolve violations stemming from the supplier's airbag defect crisis....
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VW, Porsche, Audi 3.0-liter diesels also have 'defeat devices,' EPA says

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Volkswagen's emissions scandal deepened on Monday when the U.S. EPA said several additional models from the automaker, including Audi and Porsche nameplates, contained illegal software that masked higher emissions than allowed by U.S. regulations....
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VW's U.S. reputation won't suffer long amid emissions scandal, German official says

6:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

VW's reputation in the U.S. shouldn't suffer lasting damage from an emissions-cheating scandal that has reduced sales and added billions of dollars of recall-related costs, Germany's transport minister said during a visit to Washington....
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FCA U.S. safety and regulatory chief Scott Kunselman to retire Nov. 30

10:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The executive who served as the face of Fiat Chrysler in its latest travails with U.S. safety regulators and Congress will retire next month. Scott Kunselman, 52, FCA's senior vice president of vehicle safety and regulatory affairs, will retire Nov. 30 after 30 years with the automaker and its corporate predecessors, the company said today....
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Another defeat device dust-up?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

British inventor James Dyson, founder of the vacuum cleaner manufacturer, has accused Siemens and Bosch of using an illegal defeat device - a sensor in their cleaners that makes them use less energy in government lab testing than they do in real-world vacuuming....
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Volkswagen testing Takata airbags as U.S. weighs wider recalls

9:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Volkswagen said it is collecting Takata airbags from its vehicles for testing and told the U.S. regulator that getting replacement parts would take more than a year if recalls are expanded....
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VW will audit compliance with U.S. death reporting law

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

Volkswagen AG, which reported death and injury claims at the lowest rate of any major automaker in the U.S. in the last decade, agreed to an independent audit of its compliance with a law requiring timely reporting of those claims....
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NHTSA to decide soon on steps to speed Takata airbag repairs

11:26 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will decide by Thanksgiving whether to order additional measures to speed up the recalls of more than 19 million U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that may explode in a crash....
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Volkswagen asks to combine fraud claims in Virginia or Detroit

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2015

Volkswagen is maneuvering to steer hundreds of class-action lawsuits over its emissions-cheating software to the court nearest its current U.S. headquarters or to Detroit, its former location....
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Voice commands can distract drivers even after they're done using them, study finds

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

Drivers can remain distracted for up to 27 seconds after using voice commands on their phones or in-vehicle infotainment systems, research conducted for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found....
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U.S. regulators warn against Republican auto safety proposals

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

Republican proposals to improve U.S. auto safety came under fire on Tuesday from federal regulators, who warned that proposed changes to current rules would erode consumer safety and give automakers control over the public disclosure of safety recalls....
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Ford general counsel, European manufacturing chief retiring amid executive shuffle

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

Ford's general counsel and head of European manufacturing are retiring at the end of the year, part of a series of management changes the automaker announced today. David Leitch, 54, who has been Ford’s general counsel since 2005, will be replaced by Bradley Gayton, 52, the corporate secretary and assistant general counsel....
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VW credit rating cut by S&P; further cuts are possible

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

VW's credit rating was cut one level today by Standard & Poor’s, which said the German carmaker’s cheating on U.S. diesel-emissions tests indicates management weaknesses that may lead to a further debt downgrade....
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Texas sues VW claiming deception, diesel pollution

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Texas joined the Volkswagen litigation bandwagon, accusing the company’s U.S. unit of violating state consumer protection laws and clean air standards by using rigged software in some of it diesel vehicles....
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A Stanford professor's quest to fix driverless cars' major flaw

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

As the autonomous car movement barrels ahead, Chris Gerdes is raising questions about ethical choices that must inevitably be programmed into the robotic minds expected one day soon to be driving along the nation's highways....
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Toyota unveils new self-driving safety tech, targets 2020 autonomous drive

9:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Toyota said it will deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020 and take a big step forward this year by deploying technology that allows vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind spots, warn of changing traffic lights and keep a safe distance from other cars. Also on tap are more advanced self-driving technologies, now being tested, that can autonomously merge Toyota cars onto and off from highways and even change lanes....
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U.S. Supreme Court won't hear dispute over Chrysler dealerships

8:55 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on a dispute over the constitutionality of a law that allowed Chrysler dealerships shut down during the company's 2009 bankruptcy to be restored through arbitration, The Detroit News reported....
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Lesson not learned will cost VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

As it drove to become the world's biggest automaker, Volkswagen forgot the lessons of one of the most painful chapters in its history. And it will pay a price....
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