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The Black Box in Your Car

The world waits for an answer to what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a jet that disappeared during its March 8th, 2014 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Investigators believe that the key to unraveling the...more

GM & NHTSA Under Fire: Federal Investigations, Class Actions, Immunity Questioned and Scope of Massive Recalls Revealed

Just three months into General Motors CEO Mary Barra’s newly assumed role, the exec faces two congressional probes this week on Capitol Hill as well as a criminal investigation launched by the Department of Justice. (Read...more

Automobile Defects, Consumer Complaints, and Recalls

General Motors Recall Implicates Federal Safety Regulators in Deaths - According to a recent article in the New York Times earlier this month, General Motors decided to recall 1.6 million of its automobiles for a...more

Crash Avoidance Systems May Be Required on New Vehicles: Marking the Dawn of a New Era for MVA Litigation

Vehicle manufacturers could be required to install crash avoidance systems on new cars and trucks according to the DOT, NHTSA and spearheaded by US Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, for one. The technology coined...more

Chrysler Jeep SUVs Subject to Two Different Recalls for Serious Safety Problems

This past spring, Chrysler announced two separate recalls of several models of its Jeep SUVs because of reports of accidents and deaths caused by dangerous defects. The National Health and Safety Transportation...more

Top Legal Issues Facing Suppliers in 2014

We know that you have been considering what business and commercial issues you will face in 2014 (and perhaps beyond) as an Automotive Supplier. But, have you been considering what legal issues you are likely to face? Do you...more

Arizona Cyclists Must Follow Rules of the Road

According to the most recent bicycle accident fact sheet published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 677 cyclists died after being hit by motor vehicles in 2011 and cycling accidents resulted in...more

Infrastructure Alert - February 11, 2014

The Panama Canal Authority and the GPUC, the construction consortium working on its expansion, have been deadlocked over whether the Canal will pay for $1.6 billion in cost overruns. Construction halted on February 5 due to...more

Hyundai Puts the Brake on its Genesis Vehicle That Does Not Brake

Hyundai is recalling 27,500 Genesis luxury cars from the years 2009 through 2012 following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The affected models were found to have problems with...more

New Requirements for NHTSA Recalls and Early Warning Reporting Become Effective October 21

In August, NHTSA adopted numerous amendments to its recall and early warning reporting (EWR) regulations. (See 78 Federal Register 51382 (Aug. 20, 2013)). Several of these amendments – which impact all vehicle and equipment...more

Is There Any Legal Liability Following Airbag Malfunctions?

As reported by the New York Times and Forbes, airbag supplier Takata Corp. announced to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) that some of its products had the possibility of malfunctioning. ...more

Infrastructure Alert - June 19, 2013

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released a report titled Private Financing of Public Infrastructure: Risks and Options for New York State, which chronicles the state’s public-private partnership progression and...more

NHTSA Issues Long Awaited Policy Statement on Driverless Car Technology

On May 30, 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) introduced its long awaited policy statement on driverless car technology. According to NHTSA, driverless car technology has “captured the nation’s...more

New Guidelines For Automakers To Deter Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified and engaged distracted driving as a serious threat to motorists in America. In June of last year, NHTSA released a Blueprint for Ending Distracted...more

A Pedestrian Struck Outside Of A Crosswalk Can Still Bring A Personal Injury Claim

If a pedestrian in Oklahoma is struck by a vehicle while walking outside of the crosswalk, he or she is not barred from filing a lawsuit to receive compensation for injuries that occurred as a result....more

Despite The Risks, Distracted Driving Is Still On The Rise

Distracted drivers endanger not only themselves, but also occupants of other vehicles on the road and pedestrians on the sidewalk. With the rising popularity of smartphones, the problem only continues to get worse....more

NHTSA Ordered an Expansion Of A Recall Of The Jeep Liberty

Coinciding with a previous blog. In addition to the Chrysler Fire Probe NHTSA has ordered that a recall of the Jeep Liberty now cover 35,000 SUVs produced between July 2003 and June 2007. The recall is due to excessive...more

Stay Safe: Counterfeit Automobile Airbag Alert

Car air bags can spare a life or save a driver or passenger from serious injury. But what happens if the airbag itself is dangerous? Research in recent years led to new advisories for car owners about the proper positioning...more

T-E-X-T-I-N-G: K-I-L-L-S

Distracted driving is a leading cause of automobile accidents in the United States. Emerging as a fundamental factor in driver error, attention to the road decreases as ownership of mobile communication devices soars. In...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 15, 2013

The $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package is currently being debated in the House. Monday night, the Rules Committee approved 13 amendments for floor consideration. After neglecting to schedule a vote on an aid...more

Patton Boggs' TechComm Industry Update - May 9, 2012

In This Issue: Senate Vote on FCC Commissioners; FCC Approves TV Channel Sharing as a Precursor to Incentive Auctions; FCC to Hold Channel Sharing Workshop; Walden and Eshoo Announce Creation of Bipartisan Federal...more

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