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Tesla misses targets, cuts prices, testifies to Congress, keeps Autopilot: is this the masterplan?
Tesla misses targets, cuts prices, testifies to Congress, keeps Autopilot: is this the masterplan?

If you're a regular reader of this site, you're probably familiar with our news roundups for the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal and Takata's fatally flawed airbags. Now, it seems we need a roundup for Tesla, too, given the recent flood of stories about the boldest electric-car company on the block...Read More»

DeLorean DMC-12
Brand New DeLorean DMC-12s Coming Soon, Thanks To The U.S. Congress

Rejoice car geeks, movie fans, and sci-fi nerds: the long-lost DeLorean DMC-12 could be coming back to showrooms soon. Whom do we have to thank for that? The U.S. Congress, apparently. Yes, the same men and women who find it nearly impossible to agree on anything mustered up enough votes to ensure...Read More»

Auto loan
Congress Is Trying To Undo Oversight Of Dealership Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created in 2011 to ensure that lenders treat borrowers fairly and transparently. However, a curious legal loophole prevented the CFPB from overseeing car dealerships, even though those dealerships broker billions of auto loans each year. The loophole...Read More»

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The Law That Might've Required Dealers To Fix Recalled Used Cars Is Probably Dead

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a massive, multi-year transportation bill that could dramatically improve auto safety in the U.S. Sadly, that bill is now being carved up in Congress, and as we've seen many times before, elected officials are making a hatchet job of it. While some of the...Read More»

Schoolhouse Rock: 'I'm Just A Bill'
Finally: House Passes Bill Requiring Rental Companies To Repair Recalled Cars (But It's Not Perfect)

The quest to move a multi-year transportation bill through the U.S. Congress met with a bit of success yesterday, as the House of Representatives passed its own version of the legislation. A similar version of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act of 2015 was previously...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Senators Intro Bill To Require Recall Warning Lights On Dashboards, Mandatory Collision Avoidance

As everyone knows, 2014 was the Year of the Recall. Between fatal ignition switch flaws at General Motors and exploding airbags from Takata, recalls were at the forefront of everyone's mind. It wasn't just the volume of recalls that made 2014 remarkable, though. It was also the fact that some of...Read More»

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Takata Defiant Before Congress, But Says It's Ditching Volatile Ammonium Nitrate In Airbags

Over the past year or two, Takata has taken a lot of heat from auto industry regulators, elected officials, and consumers over its deadly airbags. Auto News reports that in a recent appearance before members of Congress, representatives from the Japanese parts supplier defended their actions in the...Read More»

OJ Simpson in vintage Hertz ad
Senate & House Consider Bills To Force Rental Companies To Repair Recalled Cars

Rental car companies like Avis and Hertz aren't required to fix recalled vehicles before loaning them to customers. Several years ago, that yielded tragic results for Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, two sisters who were killed after unknowingly renting a recalled car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Legislators Want Nationwide Recall Of Takata Airbags, Introduce New Whistleblower Protections

By almost any metric, the long, drawn-out, still-evolving Takata airbag recall has been a disaster. But a push to simplify the patchwork of recalls and protect auto industry employees who expose internal problems could alleviate confusion now and prevent similar troubles in the future. For...Read More»

gas pump
U.S. Senators Propose Gas Tax Increase. Will It Fix Our Crumbling Roads & Bridges?

America doesn't do a great job of maintaining its highways and byways. At least a third of our roads are substandard, and our crumbling bridges need $3.6 trillion of repairs. Part of the reason for those shortcomings is that the federal gas tax, which was designed to keep our infrastructure up to...Read More»

GM logo, with cash
Could GM's Recall Problem Have Been Avoided With More Funding For NHTSA?

Along the road to the massive recall known as "Switchgate", many, many things went wrong at General Motors. Perhaps most importantly, we now know that GM was aware of ignition-switch flaws on certain Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles as early as 2001 -- long before the first of the recalled...Read More»

2007 Saturn Ion Red Line
Switchgate: GM Knew About Defects In 2001, Offers Owners Free Loaner Car & $500 Credit

The ever-expanding recall fiasco known as "Switchgate" currently affects more than 1.62 million Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles from the 2003-2007 model years, 1.37 million of which are registered in the U.S. However, the uproar over the recall doesn't stem so much from its size as its...Read More»

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Fed Shutdown Slowed Auto Sales, Especially On The East Coast

People don't like buying cars during economic uncertainty—or when they're not getting a paycheck. Although we'd argue that it didn't take any massive number-crunching to estimate that consumer purchasing ground down to a slowdown during the 16-day federal partial shutdown, J.D. Power and...Read More»

Vince and Larry, the crash-test dummies
NHTSA's Safety Tests & Other Programs On Hold During Shutdown

Well into week two of the federal government shutdown, we're noticing some inconsistencies in what's truly been shut down and what's still up and running. In the latter category: the military, medical facilities for veterans, and gyms for U.S. Senators and Representatives (but sadly, not their...Read More»

Money and car keys
Nissan & Hyundai Use Government Shutdown As Selling Tool

Remember the Super Bowl blackout? Of course you do. But you probably don't recall its effect on gameplay so much as the comments it inspired in the media. And of those, none was more talked about than a simple tweet from Oreos, which reminded followers that "You can still dunk in the dark". Such...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
GOP: Forest Fires Trump Fuel-Efficient Cars

Late in the administration of President George W. Bush, Congress created the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. According to Detroit News, some of the funds earmarked for that program are now being funneled away to fight forest fires. This is not a bad thing. As the name...Read More»

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Beware: Rental Companies Can Still Rent Recalled Cars -- For Now

Nearly ten years ago, Raechel and Jacqueline Houck were killed in a horrific accident when the Chrysler PT Cruiser they'd rented from Enterprise Rent-A-Car caught fire, causing the sisters to lose control of the vehicle and collide with an 18-wheeler. Later, the Houck's family and friends learned...Read More»

Gas pump
Gas Tax Hikes Or Pay-Per-Mile: How Should The U.S. Fund Roads?

After 20 years, we may finally be getting a raise -- and by "raise", we mean "an increase on the federal gas tax". A growing number of voices suggest that, though not perfect, an increase on the tax that motorists pay for gasoline is the best way to bring America's infrastructure up to snuff and...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Hyundai, Kia MPG Flap Reaches Congress, May Spark Other Probes

Is your car as efficient as it's supposed to be? Can you achieve the EPA estimates found on its window sticker? The Hyundai/Kia fuel-economy flap has many drivers -- and members of Congress -- asking these same questions. Brace yourselves: investigations of other makes and models could be just...Read More»

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