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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: CarMax dodges a bullet, thanks to NADA, NIADA and NAAA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

CarMax owes the National Automobile Dealers Association, the National Auto Auction Association and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association an enormous thank you....
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Takata's tab for U.S. lobbying rises 22% as recall scrutiny intensifies

10:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Takata boosted spending on U.S. federal lobbying by 22 percent in the second quarter as it faced increased attention from regulators and lawmakers about faulty airbags behind the auto industry's largest combined parts recall in history....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Bill limiting CFPB has long road to becoming law

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee last week moved a bill that would limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's guidance over auto lending. But dealers and lenders should hold off on the celebrations....
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Senate passes bill raising automaker fines to $105M

4:29 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that will triple the maximum fines automakers pay for violations of motor-vehicle safety laws yet bypassed other measures sought by consumer groups....
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Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV....
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Private tracks best venue to test self-driving cars, key U.S. senator says

3:16 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Self-driving cars would be "better" tested on private test tracks than on public roads, said a U.S. senator who has authored several bills on advanced vehicle technologies, after Google disclosed injuries in its latest accident involving a prototype....
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Senate panel reverses course on rentals of recalled vehicles

9:26 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

A Senate panel killed a proposal to permit companies to continue renting vehicles that have been recalled, a measure criticized by consumer groups, automakers and even some rental-car companies....
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Takata rejects U.S. senator's call for airbag victim fund

6:29 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Takata, the Japanese auto supplier at the center of a global safety crisis, rejected a U.S. senator's request to set up a fund that would compensate people injured or killed by its airbags....
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Senate introduces bill clamping down on vehicle defects

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

New vehicles would be required to have a dashboard warning light to tell drivers that their vehicles have been recalled under a sweeping auto safety reform bill backed a trio of Democrat U.S. senators....
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Measure to permit more rental cars under recall draws fire

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

A U.S. Senate panel unveiled a plan to roll back protections consumers get when renting cars with potentially lethal safety defects, an approach a safety advocate called a step backward....
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Senator calls for compensation fund for Takata airbag injury victims

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

An influential U.S. senator today called for troubled supplier Takata to establish a fund to compensate victims injured or killed by its ruptured airbags. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pressed Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president for Takata's North American affiliate, to establish a fund similar to the one created by GM last year....
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U.S. report finds fuel-economy targets can be met -- at a cost

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A midsize sedan can exceed the 54 mpg needed to comply with the U.S. government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations in 2025 without adding expensive electrification technology such as a hybrid powertrain, according to a new study released today....
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NHTSA 5-star ratings would include crash-avoidance tech under bills

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

Crash-avoidance technologies would be included in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star vehicle safety ratings if a bipartisan measure becomes law....
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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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Carmakers asked by House about plans to handle cyberthreats

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

U.S. lawmakers want to know how the auto industry plans to tackle cybersecurity threats as new vehicles become increasingly connected to the Internet....
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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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Senate bill would reward workers for reporting safety concerns to regulators

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The U.S. Senate is nearing approval of a bipartisan bill that would give financial incentives to employees at automakers and suppliers who report safety defect concerns to regulators....
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EVs need more fed support, study finds

11:32 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

A study commissioned by Congress says the federal government must to do more to support the market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles....
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JIM HENRY

BLOG: Auto finance critic Warren stands firm on CFPB dealership oversight

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is once again calling for direct regulation of auto dealerships by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau....
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U.S. House OKs bill to kill 'death tax'

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the 40 percent tax applied on estates worth more than $5 million, which dealers have long complained could saddle their family members with huge tax bills should they die unexpectedly. A similar bill has been introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate....
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U.S. bill would streamline passage of 2 key trade deals

10:00 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

US lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill to move trade deals quickly through Congress, opening the door to sealing a major Pacific trade pact with major implications for the auto industry....
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EDITORIAL

2 key ideas to fix the recall process could save lives

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Two bills in Congress would direct states to notify auto owners of unrepaired recalls. But there's no reason why all states could not share basic auto registration data -- vehicle identification number, owner name and address -- on a regular basis with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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EPIPHANY UNDER PRESSURE

Congressional grilling was Akio Toyoda's defining moment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Akio Toyoda's moment of self-discovery came on what could have been the worst day of his life, sitting before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's response to a burgeoning unintended-acceleration crisis....
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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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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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