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Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS
Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS

Ever had the feeling you were being watched? If you've taken out an auto loan in recent years, your hunch may have been correct, and now, the U.S. government is investigating. It's not uncommon for lending institutions to require that borrowers equip their new vehicles with GPS devices and other...Read More»

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Takata to pay $1 billion fine, admit wrongdoing in proposed settlement

This is turning out to be a big week for automotive scandals. On Wednesday, the 16-month-long Dieselgate saga came to an end--or at least the end of its current chapter--when Volkswagen agreed to shell out $4.3 billion in fines to the U.S. More shocking, Volkswagen agreed to formally admit...Read More»

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Dieselgate probe snares 5 more Volkswagen executives

Yesterday, Volkswagen and the U.S. government reached an agreement that could mark the beginning of the end of the Dieselgate scandal. Volkswagen will pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines, and the company agreed to do something that most corporations accused of wrongdoing avoid these days...Read More»

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Volkswagen pleads guilty to felonies, to pay $4.3 billion, in Dieselgate pact (updated)

Volkswagen has now reached final agreement on a deal with the U.S. government that brings the long, complicated Dieselgate investigation closer to the finish line. One major focus of that deal has been the fines that Volkswagen would pay for deceiving consumers and regulators about roughly 555,000...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Sonata
2013 Hyundai Sonata investigated for seatbelt failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata following two reports that the car's seatbelts failed to restrain passengers during collisions. You might think that NHTSA would require more than two complaints before initiating a probe...Read More»

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Takata could agree to fines of $1 billion in the U.S.

Takata has been on a losing streak for the past couple of years, but new reports suggest that the beleaguered Japanese parts supplier could soon slide much, much deeper into the red. Insiders say that within the next few weeks, the company may agree to pony up $1 billion to settle a criminal...Read More»

2009 Ford Fusion
2007-2009 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan investigated for brake failure

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation of 2007, 2008, and 2009 models of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. According to an agency bulletin, 141 owners of those vehicles have complained about problems with their brakes. Each of those complaints involves...Read More»

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2012-2014 Land Rover Evoque, 2013 Jaguar XF investigated following rollaway complaints

Earlier this week, we reported on an investigation of the Ram 1500 pickup and Dodge Durango SUV stemming from 43 reports that the vehicles had rolled away while in "park". However, those aren't the only models being scrutinized following rollaway complaints: the 2012-2014 Land Rover Ranger Rover...Read More»

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Ram 1500, Dodge Durango investigated for rollaway risk: 1,000,000 U.S. vehicles affected

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the Ram 1500 pickup and Dodge Durango SUV after more than three dozen owners complained that their vehicles had rolled away while parked. If the investigation reveals evidence of a persistent problem with the two...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Audi gas models may have defeat devices, too

Until last week, Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate scandal seemed a lot like the U.S. presidential election. It was contentious, it inflamed passions on both sides, and it was fueled by a never-ending series of leaks and revelations. The difference? The presidential election ended Tuesday night, but...Read More»

2013 Ford Edge
2011-2013 Ford Edge investigated for persistent 'door ajar' warning

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of Ford Edge vehicles from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 model years. The agency has received some 1,560 complaints from owners who say that the Edge's "door ajar" warning light remains on, even when the crossover's doors...Read More»

2012 Nissan Versa four-door sedan
2012 Nissan Versa investigated following sudden airbag deployments

If you own a 2012 Nissan Versa, you might want to be a bit more careful when exiting the vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the Versa following complaints that the car's airbags deployed when the doors were shut. To date, NHTSA has received...Read More»

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2015-2016 Ford F-150 may have brake problems, too: NHTSA opens probe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2015 and 2016 Ford F-150, following at least 25 reports of problems with the pickup's brakes. Sound familiar? It should: in May of this year, Ford recalled roughly 271,000 F-150 pickups from the 2013 and 2014...Read More»

2015 Hyundai Sonata
2016 Hyundai Sonata investigated for suddenly locking brakes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata. According to agency documents, at least four owners have reported driving the Sonata when its rear brakes locked. More alarmingly, these incidents allegedly occurred without the drivers...Read More»

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Fiat Chrysler audit suggests sales stats have been inflated: SEC, Justice Dept. investigate

Back in January, two dealers filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, alleging that FCA had asked them to inflate their monthly sales stats. Though FCA was quick to dismiss the dealers' claims, an internal audit may prove the old maxim that where there's smoke, there's fire. The audit was...Read More»

Tesla Model S Autopilot system
Tesla Autopilot probe widens to include the SEC: Can Musk's secret plan fix this?

Less than two weeks ago, we reported on a fatal crash in Florida involving a Tesla Model S sedan in self-driving, Autopilot mode. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its investigation of the collision on June 28, and yesterday, we learned that the National Transportation Safety...Read More»

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NTSB gets involved in Tesla Autopilot probe

When it comes to auto-related investigations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is usually the first--and often, only--agency on the scene. Consumers complain about a vehicle's performance, something goes wrong with an important component, and NHTSA fields the call. But sometimes...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: $10.2 billion settlement reached, diesel owners lose $1500 resale value

It's a gloomy day across much of Europe, with markets in turmoil after UK residents voted to "Brexit" the EU. Volkswagen isn't doing much to improve matters: thanks to its ongoing Dieselgate scandal, the company is poised to make a massive payout to the U.S. (and its diesel owners), one employee is...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Fix deadline extended again, Muller promises 30+ electrics by 2025

Next Tuesday, June 21, is the big day: the day that Volkswagen has been ordered to reach an agreement with federal regulators regarding the company's plans to repair and/or buyback 2.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. Or rather, it should've been the big day. Unfortunately for 482,000 owners of...Read More»

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