Massive automotive recalls continue to grab headlines and raise concerns industry-wide. Recalls of light vehicles topped 50 million units in 2016, representing the third consecutive year of elevated – and record setting – automotive recall activity. Stout’s third annual Automotive Warranty & Recall Report provides a unique and comprehensive analysis of automotive recall trends, with the inclusion of an unprecedented examination of defect-related domestic and international data that can influence the way original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers prepare for recalls. Continue reading this entry
The introduction of near autonomous vehicles to public roadways is set to completely revolutionize the way humans and goods navigate cityscapes in the coming years. Although Tesla’s autopilot feature has become the early pioneer, the Detroit Three, Google, Apple, Amazon, Uber, Lyft, and other manufacturers and suppliers are quickly making up ground. Meanwhile, in the areas of logistics and public transit, key stakeholders are looking for how the autonomous revolution will impact their business and propel their products and services into the next generation of transportation for goods and humans.
As this blog has reported over the last few months, several countries have announced their intention to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered cars in the coming years. But the latest to take this step—China—might be the most impactful of all in many ways.
On September 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act, H.R. 3388. All eyes are now on the Senate, which is drafting its own bill.
With all of the attention given to upgrading cybersecurity, it can be easy to forget that outdated content on a company’s website also can be a source of risk. Nearly all automotive company websites include information regarding the company and its products. These are representations that the company is making to the world and, in some circumstances, the company may be considered bound by such statements. Some issues that can arise in connection with information on a company website are obvious, such as the need to comply with applicable advertising and consumer protection laws. However, when this information is not kept up to date, it can give rise to an entirely new set of headaches.