The U.S. government is investigating General Motors (GM) big pickup trucks and SUVs due to faulty braking systems. Roughly 2.7 million vehicles sold in the U.S. may be affected by the issue, so if you own a GM truck or SUV, here is what you need to know.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a hearing today concerning the Florida self-driving car accident in May 2016 that resulted in the nation’s first fatality involving an auto-driving system. According to media reports, the semi-autonomous driving system had a “major role” in the crash because of “operational limitations.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to publish the proposed rules for the NHTSA whistleblower program. This whistleblower program was authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in December 2015.
Eric Young was interviewed for the January 16, 2017 edition of the Corporate Crime Reporter on the new auto whistleblower reward program established by Congress in 2015 as part of the FAST Act. With Takata and VW paying large fines to the U.S. Government in the past two weeks, it is a timely read.
Reuters is reporting that Volkswagen AG and the Justice Department are near an agreement to resolve criminal and civil liability for the German automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal. If the reported $3 billion figure is finalized, it will be the largest fine ever paid by an automaker to the U.S. Government.
When Congress passed the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act as part of the FAST Act last December, it gave the Transportation Department 18 months to implement the regulations for the new whistleblower statute. A year later, there has been no public notice soliciting feedback on the new rules.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S with its Autopilot system engaged in May. The car occupant’s death is the first involving a self-driving car. The debate over who is responsible for the car accident could impact the future of both the technology and plaintiff’s attorneys.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a massive settlement (between $14.7 and $15.3 billion) by Volkswagen in a press release today. More fines could be in the works as the EPA is still considering civil fines under the Clean Air Act and the Department of Justice is still investigating the automaker for potential criminal charges.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. Although manufacturers have made significant strides in decreasing the number of fatalities since the late 1960s and early 1970s, there have been several significant instances of auto manufacturers delaying recalls and leaving potentially defective vehicles on the road after they knew or suspected problems.
Coverage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act this week alerted us to the fact that the legislation, signed by President Obama at the end of last year, included the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act among its many parts. The auto whistleblower law, originally sponsored by Senators Thune and Nelson, is now law.