Advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog put forth a request to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind on May 18. The group’s request: slam shut revolving door between robot-car companies and NHTSA officials. Consumer Watchdog wants a written commitment that neither transportation bigwig will take a job for or work as a consultant to any company developing self-driving cars for at least seven years following their departure from their current posts.
While no one can agree on Millennial birth dates, experts say the range is anywhere from 1980 (or the early 80s) through the mid-90s or the year 2000. In any case, this safety-conscious generation has strong views on everything from motor vehicle and other product liability issues to methods of trial presentation. In short, Millennial jurors may change the face of product liability trials.
In a time when one cannot go a day without seeing another recall story in the news, it’s hard to believe that someone in a position of some authority and considered by many to be an expert on the issue is of the opinion that not all recalls are worth fixing. Jeff Carlson, the new NADA Chairman is against fixing recalls on used cars.
Sad news from Fort Bend County, Texas as Honda and NHTSA announce one more U.S. Takata airbag death. This is the tenth death in the U.S. caused by the defective Takata airbag inflators and the eleventh worldwide. Of the ten U.S. fatalities, nine were in Honda vehicles and one was in a Ford vehicle. The non-U.S. death occurred in July 2014 in Malaysia. The victim in that incident was a pregnant woman driving a 2003 Honda City.
GM recalls around 6,300 police cars due to steering problems. The Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit vehicles are all in the U.S. and are model years 2014 to 2016. If the problem occurs, the electric power steering fails.
Another lawsuit has been filed against Volkwagen U.S. pertaining to the emissions scandal. This one isn’t on behalf of an upset car owner, though. This time a former VW employee is suing over data deletion. Specifically, that he lost his job due to his efforts to stop the company from deleting data illegally.
A new but not Takata-related airbag recall was issued today. GM recalled 1,750 sedans, midsize pickup trucks over faulty front airbags placed in the vehicles’ steering wheels. The recall was issued today along with a stop-sales order, which forbids dealers from selling the affected vehicles until the defect has been repaired.
One of Volkswagen’s main goals at the International Motor Show, held in Geneva from March 3 – 16, is keeping and rebuilding customers’ trust. According to reporter David Pollard, VW’s emissions scandal is a big topic, drawing fire even from the CEOs of VW’s rivals. VW claims former CEO may have ignored 2014 diesel warnings.
The recall total caused by defective airbag inflators continues to rise as Toyota just recalled another 331K vehicles due to Takata airbags. The faulty inflators can rupture – and not only during impact when one would expect them to do so – with incredible force propelling shrapnel into the vehicles’ passenger cabins similar to the way a Claymore anti-personnel mine functions.