Cannon, 54, flies the coop from his post as CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA on Dec. 31, and will land Jan. 1 as boss of the company that runs the Atlanta Falcons. If he gets nostalgic for the three-pointed star, he can watch his NFL team play at home in Mercedes-Benz Stadium from 2017.
Ferdinand Piech and Martin Winterkorn
Volkswagen Group Chairman Piech, 78, resigned in April after dominating the automaker's management for two decades. Then in September, VW CEO Winterkorn, 68 -- whom Piech had first backed and then tried to oust -- became the first in a series of high-profile departures in the wake of the diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Takata airbag inflators with ammonium nitrate propellant
OK, so they're not totally gone. But automaker after automaker has dropped them, and they're now banned in Japan.
$35 million fines for safety reporting violations
The cap on civil penalties that can be levied by U.S. auto safety regulators is tripled to $105 million under a five-year highway bill that President Barack Obama signed into law this month.