Litigation and Regulations

Takata seeks automaker aid, eyes airbag deal with Daicel, reports say

6:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

Airbag supplier Takata plans to request financial support from Japanese automakers and also wants to team up with competitor Daicel to produce airbag inflators, Reuters reported....
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Takata recall to be expanded to 5 million more vehicles; Ford airbag fatality reported

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

U.S. regulators announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags, covering some automakers not previously affected by one of the biggest auto safety recalls in U.S. history....
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VW probe shows many bosses knew of 'defeat devices' as far back as 2006, report says

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Many of VW's managers and staff dealing with emissions problems in the engine-development department knew about "defeat devices" being developed as far back as 2006, a German newspaper said today, citing results from VW's internal investigation....
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First GM ignition-switch lawsuit is dismissed amid perjury allegations

9:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

The Oklahoma mail carrier at the center of the first trial over General Motors' deadly ignition-switch defect is dropping his claims after being accused of lying to the court....
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VW criticized by Germany for unequal treatment of customers

7:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

VW is not doing itself any favors by offering unequal compensation for U.S. and European customers following an emissions scandal last year, a German justice ministry spokesman said today....
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GM allowed to tell ignition-switch jury about plaintiff's 'lies'

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

GM got a boost in the first trial over a deadly ignition-switch defect as a judge slammed plaintiffs' lawyers for failing to vet their client, an Oklahoma mail carrier accused by the carmaker of lying to the court. Judge Jesse Furman said GM could show a jury evidence which he said would probably be “devastating” to the plaintiff....
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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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