Regulation And Safety
| UPDATED: 4/21/17 3:34 pm ET - adds NY statement

VW sentenced to pay $4.3 billion in U.S. fines and penalties, cooperate with investigators

A federal judge sentenced Volkswagen AG to pay a total of $4.3 billion in fines and penalties and called on the automaker to continue to fully cooperate with federal and state investigators.

| UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:12 pm ET - adds details

Tesla recalls 53,000 Model S, Model X vehicles for parking brake

Tesla is recalling 53,000 of its Model S and Model X vehicles globally for an electric parking brake issue, according to a statement on its website.

| UPDATED: 4/19/17 5:54 pm ET -- adds details

Self-driving tech must put safety first

Given the almost unlimited capability of the new technology, why can't it be used for a worthwhile purpose, such as reducing our obscene traffic fatality rate?

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Given the almost unlimited capability of the new technology, why can't it be used for a worthwhile purpose, such as reducing our obscene traffic fatality rate?

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