Auto News: Hyundai & Kia Fires, Diesel Emissions01/11/2019
Hyundai and Kia Owners Share Harrowing Videos of Spontaneous Car Fires amid Growing Class-Action Lawsuit
Hagens Berman, consumer-rights law firm representing owners of certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles prone to spontaneous engine fires, has filed an amended lawsuit against the automakers with added plaintiffs and harrowing footage of the potentially deadly fires attorneys say are being willfully ignored by Hyundai and Kia.
“Our clients have sent us horrifying photos and videos left and right of burning cars, spontaneous fires and completely destroyed engines,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. read more »
Fiat Chrysler’s Diesel Effort Produces a Costly Settlement
Fiat Chrysler’s boldest and most recent bid to bring diesel technology to American consumers has wound up costing the automaker plenty.
On Thursday the company agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits accusing it of it rigging certain diesel-powered pickup trucks and Jeeps with illegal software to pass emissions tests.
Including fines, the cost of recalls, remedial efforts, extended warranties and other provisions, the settlement could cost close to $800 million. read more »
A World of Worn Out EV Batteries
Discarded batteries will create challenges for regulators, manufacturers and recyclers
As the first generation of electric vehicles and stationary storage begins to phase out next decade, millions of lithium-ion battery packs will go out of service. BloombergNEF estimates the total will reach 1 million metric tons in 2027 and keep growing, creating challenges and opportunities for regulators, manufacturers and recyclers. read more »