Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fatal Crash with Tesla Autopilot Draws National Scrutiny



The push to get autonomous vehicles like the Tesla Model S on the road, is that they are safer because they remove the chance for human error. But a recent fatal crash involving Tesla’s autopilot technology has drawn the attention of federal regulators, and could slow down the march toward driverless vehicles.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Update: MI Supreme Court Says No to Pandora Privacy


Is it a violation of Michigan consumer protection laws for a music sharing app like Pandora to share your music preferences without your knowledge? The Supreme Court says no. Its decision raises the question of who the company's customers really are.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Volkswagen Takes Steps to Settle Diesel Emissions Fraud Claims



Last year, Volkswagen admitted it had cheated on diesel emissions tests in Europe and the US. Now the auto maker has entered into a provisional agreement with the US government and auto owners' attorneys to pay up to $14.7 billion in a first step to settle claims worldwide.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Star Trek Actor's Fatal Accident May Involve Jeep Recall


The sudden and tragic death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin took social media by surprise last week. The accident may be connected to a recall on his Jeep Wrangler, which demonstrates how important it is not to ignore recall notices.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Does Your New Car Have a Defective Airbag?



With how much the defective airbags from Takata have been in the news, most consumers would expect that automakers wouldn't still be using them. But they would be wrong. Several auto manufacturers are still making new cars containing the dangerous safety devices. Is yours one of them?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Is Pandora a Music Lender? Michigan Supreme Court to Decide


When you open up a music streaming app like Pandora, are you borrowing the music (like a video rental) or just tuning in (like a radio station)? Federal and Michigan state courts are weighing this issue right now. And the outcome could mean big changes in consumer protection.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Takata Airbag Defects Explained



The Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata, has been covering up defects in its airbags since 2004. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified the cause of the defect. The investigation has sparked another recall of 30-40 million vehicles that could close the company.