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NHTSA Announces Record Setting Civil Penalty in Consent Order With Chrysler

In 2014, NHTSA collected a record setting amount of civil penalties. For 2015, NHTSA may be on pace to exceed last year’s record. On July 26, 2015, NHTSA announced a $105 million civil penalty against FCA US LLC, the former...more

Dodge, Ram, and Jeep vehicles recalled due to hacking vulnerabilities

As technology moves forward, more and more of our everyday gadgets will be connected to the Internet. With that convenience may come some vulnerabilities. On July 24, 2015, Chrysler and its parent company FCA US LLC (FCA US)...more

Preventing Whistleblower Claims in the Automotive Industry

Whistleblower and retaliation claims are some of the most costly claims brought by employees and they are on the rise. OSHA, who governs complaints for over 20 whistleblower statutes, reports a 58% increase in whistleblower...more

U.S. Senators Introduce Automobile-Focused Cybersecurity Legislation

On July 21, Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation, the Security and Privacy in Your Car Act (“SPY Car”Act), that would protect drivers’ privacy while allowing them to remain connected to the...more

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability PART 3: Initial Contact

This is the third in a series of blogs examining the rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its consequential impact on product liability risk. The development of the IoT has been so rapid and the applications...more

Does CPSC or FDA Have Jurisdiction Over Your Consumer Product?

As our readers know, we write about legal developments that affect companies involved in manufacturing, importing, distributing, and/or selling “consumer products.” In many cases, these products fall squarely within the...more

The Connected Car and Keeping YOU in the Driver’s Seat

Remember KITT? KITT (the Knight Industries Two Thousand) was the self-directed, self-driving, supercomputer hero of the popular 1980s television show Knight Rider. Knight Rider was a science fiction fantasy profiling the “car...more

This Is Not Your Father's Oldsmobile: Car Hacking and the SPY Car Act

Not coincidentally, on July 21, 2015, Wired Magazine published an article with groundbreaking evidence of hacking a car wirelessly, and Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation...more

A Study of Recall Completion Rates

This post was written by special guest authors Neil Steinkamp, Managing Director, and Jake Reed, Manager, from Stout Risious Ross. There has been much attention recently regarding the efforts made to complete recalls in...more

DOT Issues Scathing Internal Report of NHTSA’s Defect Investigation Processes

In the wake of GM’s ignition-switch, the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony R. Foxx, directed an investigation into NHTSA’s defect investigation policies and procedures. Specifically, Secretary Foxx requested that the U.S....more

Expert Declaration in Conjunction with Circumstantial Evidence Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment in Vehicle Defect Case

In Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2015 No. 13-55761 (“Pavoni”), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that plaintiffs’ expert declaration in conjunction with circumstantial evidence of the incident were sufficient to raise...more

NHTSA Seeks to Push Beyond the “New Normal” and into the “New Paradigm”

In recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received increased public and Congressional scrutiny stemming from high-profile safety defects, such as the Toyota unintended-acceleration issues...more

Car Hacking Concerns Re-enter the News

Following on the heels of Senator Ed Markey’s report released in February, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent letters on Thursday to NHTSA and various auto manufacturers regarding cybersecurity. The letters seek...more

The Takata Consent Order – Here's What You Need to Know

As is well known by now, TK Holdings Inc. – Takata – has entered a Consent Order with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). The details and latest information on the Takata recall can be found online...more

Navigating Product Recalls

Recalls are in the news as much as ever. The number of units recalled in 2014 eclipsed the total from 2010-2013, combined. Takata’s recall is expanding to 34 million vehicles as the company enters a Consent Decree with NHTSA....more

Rollover Accidents: Causes and Potential Financial Recovery

Rollover accidents have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes, according to statistics from the National Highway and Transportation Administration. Every week, tragic headlines of fatal rollover accidents remind...more

Can the Feds Slow Down Truckers with Mandatory Speed-Limiting Devices?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is pushing for new regulations requiring tractor-trailer trucks to be equipped with speed-limiting devices. This regulation, if passed, will impact not only the...more

NHTSA's Enforcement Priorities Made Clear in U.S. DOT's Transportation Bill (Grow America Act)

Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled its long-term transportation bill, entitled the Grow America Act, which contained the Department’s wish list for funding and new authorities. On March 31, 2015, the...more

Child Injury and Delayed Product Recalls

Graco Fined $10M for Failure to Timely Recall Dangerous Car Seat - Last year saw a number of product recalls. Indeed, the sheer number of vehicles involved in the Takata airbag recall alone has been staggering. Graco,...more

Energy & Environment Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of Justice - Department of State -...more

Proceed with Caution: Vehicle to Vehicle Communication Technology

Will the brave new world of automobiles include talking vehicles? According to a plan by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), the answer is yes. NHTSA has provided advanced notice that it intends to...more

Recall Mishandling and Dangerous Child Products

Last year, Graco recalled almost 6 million car seats due in large part to a safety defect. The recall began with around 3.8 million car seats, but it grew over the course of 2014. When the buckle mechanism on the car seats...more

Should We Worry about Marijuana DUIs?

The number of drivers with alcohol in their system has has gone down significantly while the number of drivers using marijuana has gone way up. Safety-wise this doesn’t seem to be a bad trade. A recent National Highway...more

Smart Car Legislation Suggests Different Approach To Internet Of Things Regulation

On February 11, Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced legislation aimed at establishing federal data security and privacy standards for Internet-connected automobiles (“smart cars”). This...more

Regulators Fine Automaker for Failing to Report Fatalities

Honda Hit with $70 Million Fine - We just might end up remembering 2014 as the year of fatal car accidents caused by auto defects. Automotive recalls totaled more than 60 million last year alone. GM recalled tens of...more

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