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NextEnergy: Incubating Technology for Tomorrow's Homes and Cars

Two major forces are reshaping the cars that people will drive in coming years: the push to create a smarter (and eventually, even an autonomous) car, and the push for better fuel efficiency. Smarter cars are seen as a way to...more

A Busy Year for NHTSA Enforcement and Rulemaking

This promises to be one of NHTSA’s busiest years for enforcement and rulemaking activity. NHTSA is expected to continue its aggressive enforcement, sparked by GM’s massive ignition switch recall and the flood of follow-on...more

NHTSA, NLRB, and OSHA Oh My! The Agencies ARE Ganging Up

Feeling a bit paranoid these days, especially where government oversight or agency investigations are involved? Your perception of reality is probably being driven less by paranoia and more by the upticks in government...more

Your Car Will Be Networked to Every Other Car

Possibly as early as before the end of this decade every new car on the road will be connected to every other new car on the road. Cars may also be connected to traffic signs, traffic signals, smartphones and other devices....more

Energy Newsletter - August 2014

In This Issue: - Fifth Circuit Reins In Trend of Expanding ESA Liability for Remote Harm - Japan's Pivotal Role in the Global LNG Industry's 50-Year History - Government of Greece to Launch New Licensing...more

Expenses related to highway fatalities add to families' stressors

In Alabama, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there have been just under 900 traffic fatalities in each of the last several years. That is approximately 1.3 fatalities for every 100 million miles...more

Sale of Self-Driving Cars to Consumers by 2025?

More and more, self-driving cars are morphing from fantasy portrayed in futuristic societies to reality. Google’s autonomous prototype and California’s proposed regulations regarding the testing of self-driving cars on public...more

GM Report: Numerous Failures Led to Tragic Results

In early June, independent counsel hired by General Motors (GM) delivered a long-awaited investigative report on the deadly ignition switch defect that devastated lives and families across the United States. As expected, the...more

NHTSA and GM Agree to Resolve Timeliness Claims Related to Ignition Switch Recall

Last week, NHTSA and GM announced an agreement to resolve recall timeliness claims related to GM’s massive Ignition Switch recall. In addition to the widely-reported $35 million civil penalty GM has agreed to pay (the maximum...more

Indestructible Black Box Provides Answers in Paul Walker Auto Accident

Actor Paul Walker died in a tragic Thanksgiving weekend auto accident last year. Immediately following the fatal one-car crash, fans wondered whether drugs, drinking, racing or mechanical failure might have been a factor, in...more

Wireless Technologies to Be Mandated by NHTSA

Recent months have seen major developments in the march toward truly autonomous cars. Google has announced that it has logged almost 700,000 miles of autonomous driving, and that it has been driving many of those miles in...more

Dangerous Ride: Graco Car Seat Recall

For young children, car seats can be lifesavers. A recent recall of Graco car seats raises the question of whether car restraints can cause death. In 2012, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the National Highway...more

A Peek at NHTSA Provisions in the DOT's Transportation Bill

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled its long-term transportation bill, entitled the Grow America Act, which it is sending to Congress for consideration. Among other things, the bill contains...more

Trouble at the Start: GM Recalls Defective Cars

In a move that was too little, too late, General Motors (GM) has recalled millions of cars with potentially life-threatening mechanical defects. In February, GM recalled more than a million cars for a defective ignition...more

Evenflo Announces Product Recall of Child Car Seat Buckles

Recent months have witnessed a heightened level of attention regarding car seat safety. Evenflo is the most recent company to issue a product recall on one of their products, citing safety concerns. According to USA Today,...more

Auto Suppliers Prepare for Barrage of Recalls

With the recent high-profile recalls involving Toyota and GM, auto suppliers are anticipating a spike in recalls and asking themselves how to prepare for this inevitability. As a start, auto suppliers need to...more

Lessons For Suppliers From GM’s Belated Ignition Switch Recall

GM’s well-crafted, post-bankruptcy image as a more efficient, product savvy, financially prudent, customer-focused automaker is suffering severe damage. The cause of the damage is that GM did not recall until this year over a...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

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

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

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