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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....
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Dutch regulators raid Uber offices 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....
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Feds broaden crackdown on dealership fraud

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission is broadening its enforcement of car dealerships to crack down on deception and fraud in operations that go beyond advertising. The latest actions, announced today, also target auto-loan application fraud and deceptive practices related to add-on products and services....
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Automakers exceed U.S. fuel-economy rules for 2nd straight year, EPA says

11:04 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Automakers exceeded their targets for improving fuel economy and tailpipe emissions by "a wide margin" for the second year in a row, the EPA said. Vehicles sold in the U.S. are on average the most fuel efficient they've ever been, averaging 24.1 mpg in 2013, a 0.5 mpg increase from the previous year....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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BMW settles dispute with FTC over Mini warranties

2:03 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

BMW, hoping to avoid extending a dispute with U.S. regulators, has agreed to settle a complaint that its Mini division broke the federal law governing vehicle warranties....
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Honda adds more vehicles to U.S. recalls on Takata airbag flaws

6:24 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Honda added about 100,000 vehicles in the United States to existing recalls for flawed airbags made by Takata after discovering it hadn’t properly identified these models as being produced for the market....
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U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata airbag cases

6:30 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Four plaintiffs' lawyers, including high-profile attorney David Boies, were appointed by a federal judge to lead civil litigation against Takata and several automakers for injuries caused by allegedly faulty airbags....
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Plaintiffs' lawyers say GM internal documents contradict Valukas report

2:25 pm U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Plaintiffs suing GM over faulty ignition switches have gained access to previously confidential documents produced by the automaker, and their attorneys plan to depose current and former top executives this year. Two of the plaintiffs' lawyers contend the documents contradict conclusions reached by GM's internal investigation last year....
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Takata more forthcoming on airbag probe, NHTSA chief says

10:21 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Takata, subject to a $14,000 daily fine from U.S. regulators, has started to become more cooperative about documents involving a deadly defect in its airbag inflators, NHTSA chief said Mark Rosekind said. The government, as part of a probe into defective airbags in millions of cars, has accused Takata of dumping millions pages of documents on NHTSA without a guide or explanation of the content....
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Honda ads will urge drivers to seek Takata airbag fixes

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

American Honda on Monday will launch an ad campaign urging owners to fix vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators at risk of exploding during a crash....
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Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs to repair Tesla component

6:31 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Toyota, which built about 2,500 electric vehicles over three years with Tesla Motors, said it's recalling the RAV4 EVs to repair components supplied by Tesla....
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GM directors should face ignition switch claims, judge is told

6:43 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

GM investors urged a judge to let their lawsuit proceed against the automaker's board that they say was asleep at the switch while the company produced cars with faulty ignition systems that led to fatal accidents....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Let the car-hacking lawsuits begin

3:29 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Fear often outpaces reality, and the issue of car hacking is no exception. But if you ask experts if any ordinary car has ever been hacked, they'll tell you no....
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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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TrueCar blasts dealers' suit over advertising claims as 'meritless'

11:27 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

TrueCar blasted a lawsuit filed this week by dealers over its advertising claims as “meritless.” In a detailed statement released late Tuesday, the vehicle-shopping site says it has “high confidence that we are compliant with all laws applicable to our business, including those referenced in this litigation.”...
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Fiat Chrysler joins GM in grappling with troubled ignition switches

6:51 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing a burgeoning recall problem with ignition switches that is similar to the troubles faced last year by General Motors. Fiat Chrysler said Friday it is doing a second recall of 703,000 minivans and SUVs with a defective ignition switch that can rotate out of position....
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KEITH CRAIN

Let's ensure recalled vehicles get fixed

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

The idea that each state should set its own standards for licensing drivers is ridiculous. There should be a single standard for age and other requirements to acquire a driver's license, a uniform system similar to federal licensing of aircraft pilots. The same logic applies to auto recalls. We need consistency....
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NHTSA faces dilemma on expediting Takata recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2015

As U.S. auto safety regulators mull an order to speed the Takata airbag recalls, they face a vexing problem: capacity. It's unclear whether suppliers can speed production of the inflators beyond their current expansion plans, or how quickly they could do so....
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 703,000 vehicles to fix ignition switches

10:40 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 702,578 SUVs and minivans to fix defective ignition switches that can unexpectedly turn off the engine. The recall covers Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans from 2008 to 2010 model years, and Dodge Journey SUVs from 2009 to 2010....
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NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

7:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata airbags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers....
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ZF-TRW deal to be approved by EU regulators, report says

1:48 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

EU antitrust regulators are expected to clear German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for US peer TRW Automotive Holdings with conditions, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today....
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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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