The Federal Trade Commission is wrapping up its so-called Operation Ruse Control, which went after car dealers for deceptive advertising and other types of fraud. It resulted in 252 enforcement actions and six cases for the FTC.
The Department of Transportation is fining Graco $10 million for delaying its recall of 6.1 million car seats last year. The safety campaign began because latches on some of the company's products could be very difficult to unfasten, which could put children in danger.
Hyundai and sister company Kia are giving themselves a little bit of time to make up a lot of ground in the fight for better fuel economy. We wonder if a recent multi-million fine might have something to do with this public target.
General Motors will be saving a little more money everyday from now on. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided that the automaker is now finally in compliance with the regulator's records requests and ended the automaker's $7,000 a day in fines to the feds.
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson will be making a rather large charitable donation - 500,000 Euros ($668,000), according to Bloomberg. This is not, however, a move out of the goodness of his heart. It's part of an agreement the exec made after a court case in Germany. Samuelsson spent nine years at truck manufacturer MAN, with his last four years as the boss. During his tenure, though, MAN was accused of illegal conduct, now understood to be bribes, in its Slovenian operations.
Have you ever left your car at a metered parking spot, for just a few minutes too long, only to come back to a parking ticket? Have you ever wanted to yell at the parking enforcement officer? Well, as Jared Rapp found out, the practice is protected by the Constitution.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has fined Volvo $1.5 million for delaying safety recalls, according to The New York Times. The Swedish automaker settled with NHTSA after the government agency alleged delays with a total of seven recalls for a range of different models. Those actions included incorrect tire pressure labels, faulty air bags and stalling vehicles. Volvo has agreed to pay the fine but refused to admit any wrongdoing, saying instead it has since improved its intern
Getting a ticket can ruin even the best of days, but at least American motorists have the ability to fight moving violations in court. Challenging a ticket at least gives drivers a shot at avoiding or reducing fines and/or points charged to their records.
Meter maids in the UK have come under fire after ticketing an electric car while it was juicing up at a public charger in Conventry. A parking warden spotted an electric Tata that overstayed the three-hour time limit and ticketed the vehicle on the spot.
The sun's just coming up and the coffee isn't quite done brewing, but you know what you have to do: grab the snow shovel and free your car from its soft, white prison. When finished, your automobile once again tastes freedom and you've built a nice little parking space. Rather than let someone else take advantage of your labor and lay claim it after you've driven away, you decide to set down a cone or lawn chair. This may seem like a simple token of ownership but it's actually a shining beacon o
$16.4 million. That's the maximum amount the Department of Transportation (DOT) can fine an automaker for failing to recall a defective vehicle in a timely manner. And according to a recent report, the Feds could be pursuing a multimillion-dollar fine – the sum, yet to be disclosed – due to the Toyota recall.
Two children tragically lost their lives when French driver Catherine Kohtz lost control of her Volvo 850. The 1999 incident, which Kohtz blamed on a loss of braking ability in her Volvo, has led to French courts handing down a finding of manslaughter. The guilty verdict against Volvo also carries an €200,000 fine, though Volvo holds that there wasn't anything wrong with the car's braking system and will likely appeal. Driver Kohtz was fined €300 and also sentenced to a six-month jail
var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/OMG_Washington_first_state_to_ban_text_messaging_while_driving'; If you're travelling down I-90 in Washington State and texting your BFF on a CrackBerry, then you might want to put it down. Washington has become the first U.S. state in the union to ban text messaging while driving. The legislation against driving while texting (henceforth to be known as the dreaded DWT) was rolled into a similar measure against talking on one's cell phone without u
Failing to notify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about defects in the air pollution controls installed on numerous 1998 to 2006 Mercedes model vehicles has resulted in Mercedes-Benz USA and DaimlerChrysler AG having to pay $1.2 million in civil penalties. This was a violation of the Clean Air Act as auto manufacturers are required to promptly inform the EPA of defects in emission-related components so that the government can consider whether the defect will cause emission standards to