Taking on Takata

Lately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come in like a wrecking ball, knocking aside manufacturers’ excuses for delaying recalls and other sundry sins with multi-million dollar fines – and now aggressive legal action.

Hackers: Coming to a Vehicle Near You

This week, Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) again took on auto manufacturers, pointing to the privacy and security issues associated with the sophisticated electronic systems that proliferate in today’s vehicles. The senators announced at a hearing on “The Connected World: Examining the Internet of Things,” that they plan to introduce a bill that will require the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create  federal standards to ensure that automakers protect security and privacy.  Sen.

UK Tire Age Bills Moves Forward

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put aside tire age regulations, Great Britain is inching forward with a bill to ban tires older than 10 years on commercial buses and coaches.

Unfortunate Chapter Continues: Toyota Bounced for $11 Million in UA Case

Toyota’s runaway success in blaming drivers for its defective vehicles, hit an $11 million pothole yesterday, after a Minnesota federal jury found that the automaker was 60 percent responsible for an Unintended Acceleration (UA) crash that killed three and severely injured two.

Attorney Robert C. Hilliard, who represented plaintiffs Koua Fong Lee, the driver, and the family in the vehicle that was struck, says it’s the first jury verdict against Toyota in a UA case involving a mechanical defect. The automaker made no offer to settle the case prior to the January trial.

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