Litigation and Regulations

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps

2:25 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls. May I suggest leg traps?...
Read More »

Mercedes fined $56 million in China for price fixing

April 23, 2015 08:30 CET

Authorities in China's Jiangsu province fined Mercedes-Benz 350 million yuan ($56 million) for a pricing monopoly there. It is the biggest fine imposed on an automaker since the government started to crack down on antitrust violations last year....
Read More »

Former Hitachi exec sentenced to 15 months in prison after guilty plea for price fixing

5:45 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

A former executive with Hitachi Automotive Systems pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring to fix prices on a number of automotive parts sold in the United States....
Read More »

Auto safety technology trumps entertainment for consumers, J.D. Power study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released today....
Read More »

NHTSA prepares steps to speed up Takata, Jeep recalls

1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators want to see more progress on the Takata and Jeep fuel tank recalls, and could take action in the next two weeks to achieve that goal. The steps come amid a broader push by the agency for automakers to take a more proactive stance on safety....
Read More »

GM ignition-switch death claims rise by 3 to 87

11:47 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The death count from General Motors' faulty ignition switches has reached 87, up three from a week earlier....
Read More »

South Korea steps up price-fixing crackdown on auto suppliers

10:40 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

South Korea, supporting a global police action against auto-parts price fixing, has hit Japanese and German suppliers with a string of fines in recent weeks. The latest penalties came Tuesday, when Germany's Schaeffler and Japan's JTEKT were fined for rigging bids on tapered roller bearings to Hyundai, Kia and Hyundai Powertech....
Read More »

Aluminum F-150 improves crash-test rating from all-steel predecessor

9:48 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has earned a better government crash-test rating than its all-steel predecessor, countering any concerns that the lighter material would result in a weaker truck and eliminating one of the Chevrolet Silverado's advantages....
Read More »

GM is shielded from some ignition-switch suits, ruling finds

4:45 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors will not have to face dozens of lawsuits accusing it of concealing an ignition-switch defect that has been blamed for more than 200 deaths and serious injuries, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday....
Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why we won't 'put' credence in GM-FCA merger talk

10:26 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors is unlikely to entertain a merger with Fiat Chrysler after the sour end to the GM-Fiat Alliance in 2005. That's when Sergio Marchionne forced GM to pay $2 billion to avoid buying Fiat Auto....
Read More »

GM launches software that flags recalled vehicles on dealer lots

1:54 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors is rolling out new software this month for dealerships to make it harder for them to mistakenly sell a new vehicle that's subject to a recall, without first performing the recall work as required....
Read More »

JPMorgan Chase loses bid to reclaim security for $1.5 billion GM loan

4:02 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

JPMorgan Chase lost another court bid to reclaim security for a $1.5 billion loan to General Motors' bankrupt predecessor....
Read More »

Honda confirms Takata airbag rupture injured driver in March accident

6:44 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Honda confirmed that a faulty airbag inflator made by Takata ruptured in a March 20 crash of a car in Florida, injuring the driver. A Honda vehicle's airbag exploded and a piece of metal shot from the bag into the driver's neck, police and hospital reports said last week....
Read More »

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 84

2:29 pm U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

The death toll from General Motors' defective ignition switch has risen by four from a week earlier to 84, the office administrating GM's compensation fund said....
Read More »

NHTSA plans summit to promote culture of auto safety

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

NHTSA head Mark Rosekind wants to hold a summit with automakers to explore how vehicle safety and defect issues are handled, and how those approaches can be improved. He is suggesting automakers could learn from the airline industry, which he praised as more proactive than reactive when it comes to consumer safety....
Read More »

BASF sues Umicore in U.S. for patent infringements

6:59 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

German chemicals firm BASF said today it has sued Belgian specialty materials group Umicore in the United States for infringing two patents related to components for lithium-ion batteries....
Read More »

NHTSA would get stop-sale power under U.S. bill

2:59 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would be able to order automakers to cease the sale of vehicles with dangerous safety defects under the Obama administration's multiyear surface transportation funding bill sent to congress today....
Read More »

Key Safety to use Mobileye vision tech to aid drivers

4:08 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Supplier Key Safety Systems said it has signed an agreement with Mobileye NV to use the software developer's vision processing chip for new types of driver assist technologies....
Read More »

GM shield in doubt as judge mulls ending bar on ignition suits

6:19 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A bankruptcy judge told GM six years ago it didn't have to worry about lawsuits over cars made before its $49.5 billion government bailout. Last month, the same judge said he wasn't so sure anymore....
Read More »

Dutch regulators raid Uber over court ruling compliance

March 27, 2015 11:41 CET

A Dutch regulatory agency raided the Amsterdam offices of ride-sharing service Uber in connection with its UberPOP unit after a court deemed it illegal in December....
Read More »

Takata sued in Canada over airbag-related vehicle recalls

6:31 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Takata, the Japanese supplier whose airbags have been linked to six fatalities globally, has been sued in Canada in three separate cases, it said in a statement today....
Read More »

FCA trial over child's fiery death expected to renew recall push

7:50 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

A trial set to begin today in a south Georgia town is renewing demand for a massive recall of older Jeep models whose fuel tanks lawyers argue are prone to catch fire in accidents. Safety advocates say the case may put Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at risk of a scandal on a par with General Motors' faulty ignition switches....
Read More »

Wagoner, Akerson depositions being sought by plaintiffs' lawyer

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Former GM CEOs Rick Wagoner and Dan Akerson are among 96 current and ex-employees that lawyers involved in class-action lawsuits over faulty ignition switches have asked to question under oath from May through October. Neither appeared on a list of 35 scheduled depositions released Thursday by Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard....
Read More »

Calif. recall bill would tighten used-car loopholes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

California lawmakers are considering potentially precedent-setting legislation designed to protect consumers from unknowingly buying used vehicles that have been recalled but not repaired....
Read More »

Japan far outpaces U.S. in replacing Takata airbag parts

6:49 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

As automakers plead with U.S. customers to fix potentially deadly Takata airbags, recalls in Japan are drawing much stronger responses, with more than two-thirds of the total already repaired....
Read More »

Latest digital edition
Digital Edition Archive
Table of Contents
 Automotive News
News by Brand