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Takata Airbag Recall Worse Than Believed: 1 In 8 US Vehicles Affected, Report Finds
GM Can't Avoid Up to $10 Billion in Switch Suits, Court Says
California Rejects Volkswagen Recall for 3-Liter Diesel Cars
Consumer Groups: Hit the Brakes on Self-Driving Cars
NADA 100 Carnival to Kick Off 2017 Convention in New Orleans
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Takata Airbag Recall Worse Than Believed: 1 In 8 US Vehicles Affected, Report Finds

Far more people in the U.S. are affected by a massive recall of Takata airbags than Americans believe, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Recalls of cars with the faulty Japanese airbags affect one in eight vehicles nationwide, a report from Kelley Blue Book found. The recall thus far has affected some 32 million vehicles from dozens of car brands, including major players Toyota, Honda, Nissan, General Motors, Mitsubishi and Ford, the report found. Yet very few people in the U.S. are aware their vehicle could be involved in the recall.
Source: International Business Times

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GM Can't Avoid Up to $10 Billion in Switch Suits, Court Says

A federal appeals court upended General Motors Co.’s plan to shed hundreds of lawsuits seeking as much as $10 billion over a deadly ignition switch defect, ruling that such cases aren’t automatically barred by the company’s 2009 bankruptcy sale to a new corporate entity. The decision Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan, overturning a lower-court ruling, is a major setback for GM after the nation’s biggest automaker won two straight victories this year in test trials over the switch defect.
Source: Bloomberg

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California Rejects Volkswagen Recall for 3-Liter Diesel Cars

The California Air Resources Board has rejected Volkswagen's plan to recall vehicles with 3-liter diesel engines, calling the proposal incomplete and deficient. California said Wednesday that Volkswagen hasn't provided a full description of devices that turn off pollution controls on the 3-liter engines, and its proposed plan doesn't let CARB fully evaluate whether it would even fix the emissions.
Source: The Associated Press

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Consumer Groups: Hit the Brakes on Self-Driving Cars

Consumer and safety advocates are urging the federal government to pump the brakes on self-driving cars after a series of crashes involving Tesla vehicles that were operating with their automated driving system activated, including one crash that was fatal. The Center For Auto Safety, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, Consumer Watchdog and Public Citizen said in a letter to President Barack Obama that the recent spate of crash involving cars that were being operated with Tesla’s Autopilot system on shows the limits of self-driving technology.
Source: The Detroit News

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NADA 100 Carnival to Kick Off 2017 Convention in New Orleans

Online registration for NADA Convention opens July 25

The National Automobile Dealers Association (1917-2017) will kick off yearlong events commemorating its 100-year anniversary beginning with the NADA 100 Carnival at the 2017 NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans.



The NADA 100 Carnival – an exclusive event for NADA and American Truck Dealers members, international affiliates and guests – will be held at Mardi Gras World from 7 pm to 10 pm on Thursday, January 26. The Carnival will feature cuisine from top New Orleans restaurants, as well as entertainment from the headlining band Foreigner, Cowboy Mouth and local jazz musicians.

Online registration and hotel selection for the NADA convention open on Monday, July 25. NADA members and their managers who register by September 16 will receive a $100 discount from the onsite rate. The member dealer and manager registration fee includes admission to the NADA 100 Carnival, and convention badges must be presented at entry. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase by non-member dealers and managers. Allied industry attendees are not eligible to purchase a ticket to the NADA 100 Carnival. Shuttle buses will be provided to and from Mardi Gras World and the official NADA hotels.  

The four-day NADA Convention, which runs from Thursday, January 26, to Sunday, January 29, will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and is considered the auto industry event of the year. The convention includes dealer franchise meetings, workshops, keynote speakers, an exhibitor showcase and numerous networking events. To register or for more information, visit www.nadaconvention.org.
Source: NADA

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              "... 1-in-8 vehicles on the road are affected by this massive recall, yet 33 percent of those surveyed don't know if they are impacted."

                  -- Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book, commenting on the Takata airbag recall, International Business Times, July 13

               
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