Litigation and Regulations
California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving carsFri, 30, Sep 2016
California will allow companies more leeway in testing self-driving cars on public roads while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations. In one of the biggest changes, the new rules would allow for the absence of a driver in some instances, provided there is two-way communication with the vehicle.
FTC charges Sage Auto Group with deceptive, unfair sales and financingThu, 29, Sep 2016
The Federal Trade Commission today charged Sage Auto Group with using deceptive and unfair sales and financing tactics, including so-called “yo-yo” financing.
Why does politics leave this industry so tongue-tied?Mon, 26, Sep 2016
For the third consecutive presidential election cycle, the automotive industry and its business practices have been thrust into the middle of a political fight.
Honda reports another Takata airbag rupture in fatal Malaysia crashWed, 28, Sep 2016
Honda said today that the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, in the fourth death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata Corp.
Takata in talks with U.S. to resolve criminal allegations, report saysWed, 28, Sep 2016
Japan's Takata in talks with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve allegations of criminal wrongdoing related to its faulty airbags, The Wall Street Journal reported today.
The car-emissions sleuth who's costing Fiat Chrysler $5 billionTue, 27, Sep 2016
As head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air-quality and transportation office, Chris Grundler holds as much sway as any single human over how global automakers allocate more than $100 billion in r&d money each year. Sometimes they chafe.
Volkswagen, Bosch oppose request for diesel documentsMon, 26, Sep 2016
Volkswagen AG and auto supplier Robert Bosch have asked a U.S. federal judge to reject requests from European investors and vehicle owners to access more than 20 million pages of records turned over in VW's emissions cheating scandal.
Takata's search for a savior could drag into next yearMon, 26, Sep 2016
The plan to sell beleaguered Takata to a rescuer, slated by year-end, is likely to extend into next year as some bidders want to drag the airbag maker through bankruptcy to wipe out most of its debt, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Hundreds of recalled Takata airbag parts ruptured in testingMon, 26, Sep 2016
Hundreds of Takata airbag inflators pulled from cars in the auto industry's biggest recall later ruptured in testing, showing the potential risks to drivers.
Takata failed to report 2003 airbag rupture to NHTSAFri, 23, Sep 2016
Japanese airbag supplier Takata said it failed to inform the U.S. auto safety agency of a 2003 rupture of one of its airbag inflators in Switzerland, according to an internal Takata report released by U.S. regulators on Friday.
With a new president, a shift in winds of regulation?Mon, 26, Sep 2016
Key pieces of President Barack Obama's regulatory and policy agenda will soon be handed over to a new administration. And where they go from there could have big implications for the auto industry.
Tesla cranks up pressure to end ban on direct auto salesFri, 23, Sep 2016
Tesla Motors is cranking up the pressure to sell electric cars directly to customers, after filing its first federal lawsuit over the practice on the home turf of General Motors and Ford. Tesla on Thursday sued the State of Michigan to overturn its ban on direct sales by auto manufacturers.