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National Auto Dealer Groups Support the Commitment of Automakers to Protect Consumer Privacy
Air-Bag Crisis Spreads After Takata Death Outside U.S.
GM: Parts Ready to Fix SUVs That Can Catch Fire
Senators Urge Obama to Overhaul NHTSA
Fisher Price Spoofs McConaughey's Lincoln Ad
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National Auto Dealer Groups Support the Commitment of Automakers to Protect Consumer Privacy

In response to the Privacy Principles released by trade groups representing domestic and international automakers, the National Automobile Dealers Association, National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers and the American International Automobile Dealers Association issued the following statement:

“NADA, NAMAD and AIADA fully support the Privacy Principles announced today by the Auto Alliance and Global Automakers (“Principles”) and believe that they are a clear and strong demonstration of the automotive industry’s firm commitment to transparency and leadership with respect to consumer privacy.

“Today’s automobiles are undergoing some of the most exciting and profound technological changes in the last 100 years, and consumers must not only understand the ever-increasing complexity and functionality of their cars and trucks, they also must understand what information their vehicle now collects about them and how that information is treated.

“Automobile dealers work hard every day to meet the needs and desires of consumers and they understand that while consumers enjoy and appreciate those exciting new features, they may also have concerns about vehicle data and want to know what choices they have about how it is used. The Principles address those very valid concerns and allow consumers worry-free enjoyment of their vehicles.

“Automobile dealers will continue to fulfill the central role in educating consumers not only about the features on the vehicles they buy, but also about their choices with respect to their personal and vehicle information throughout the car buying and ownership experience.

“America’s dealers applaud the Principles outlined today and will continue to work with their manufacturer partners to ensure that the entire automotive industry remains at the forefront of consumer privacy and that customer and vehicle data are treated with the highest levels of care, respect and security.”
Source: NADA, NAMAD and AIADA

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Air-Bag Crisis Spreads After Takata Death Outside U.S.

An air-bag crisis ensnaring the world's largest automakers is deepening after Honda Motor Co. disclosed the first death tied to the device outside the U.S. and a federal grand jury subpoenaed Takata Corp. Defective Takata air bags caused the July 27 death in Malaysia of a woman in a 2003 Honda City subcompact, said Akemi Ando, a spokeswoman for the carmaker. The company was notified of the accident one month later and is now recalling more than 170,000 additional vehicles worldwide because of a problem traced back to a Takata plant in Georgia, she said. The fatal accident, expanding recalls and the emergence of an additional manufacturing flaw reflect an intensifying disaster affecting at least 10 automakers. While Honda has now called back almost 6.2 million vehicles globally over Takata air bags since 2008, the four deaths linked to the devices before today were all in the U.S.
Source: Bloomberg

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GM: Parts Ready to Fix SUVs That Can Catch Fire

For the owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs, the days of parking them outside the garage for fear that they could catch fire will soon come to an end. The company, in documents posted Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators, said it will start notifying customers this week that they can take their SUVs to dealers, who will replace faulty power window switches. The recall of SUVs, mostly from the 2006 and 2007 model years, was announced June 30, but it took more than four months to get replacement parts ready. It covers the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X, mainly in North America. It was the third recall for the same problem, but the first two didn't work.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Senators Urge Obama to Overhaul NHTSA

Three U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the White House to reform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when it nominates a new permanent chief. The agency has been operating for 11 months without a Senate-confirmed administrator after David Strickland left to join a Washington law firm. A senior administration official told reporters on Oct. 24 that President Barack Obama was likely to name a new permanent chief within two weeks. Senators Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Bill Nelson, D-Florida, called on Obama to reform NHTSA's safety mission when nominating its new administrator.
Source: The Detroit News
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Fisher Price Spoofs McConaughey's Lincoln Ad

Like it or not, Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln commercials have caught enough attention to generate their own spoof in an ad for Fisher Price's Power Wheels. In the video uploaded on Tuesday, a little boy drives through an imaginary landscape in a toy car. "I've been driving Power Wheels since long before anyone paid me to drive one," he says in the same measured tones as the adult actor. "I didn't do it to be cool. I didn't do it to make a statement. I just liked it."
Source: CNBC
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"America’s dealers applaud the Principles outlined today and will continue to work with their manufacturer partners to ensure that the entire automotive industry remains at the forefront of consumer privacy and that customer and vehicle data are treated with the highest levels of care, respect and security."

   
-- NADA, NAMAD and AIADA, in a statement in response to the Privacy Principles released by trade groups representing domestic and international automakers, NADAFrontPage.com, Nov. 13

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