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Parts Supplier Settles Price-Fixing Claims for more than $250M

Auto parts supplier Denso Corp. has agreed to pay more than $250 million to settle price-fixing claims in a multi-district litigation.  According to settlement documents filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Denso will pay approximately $193.8 million to car buyers and $61.2 million to auto dealers.  The settlement ends a lengthy Department of Justice...

Michigan Governor Vetoes Bill Limiting Access to Aftermarket Parts

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have required auto repair shops to use only new or re-certified parts from original manufacturers, limiting the use of aftermarket repair parts. The bill would have applied during the first five years of warranty. According to Governor Snyder, the bill would have increased costs to consumers through higher costs for replacements...

New Air Bag Law in Washington

A new law in Washington deems the manufacture, sale or import of counterfeit or nonfunctional air bags a felony.  The legislation was originally introduced in the House and Senate earlier this year.  The law goes into effect on June 9, 2016.  

Perspective: Smart Tires

Some tire manufactures are developing “smart tires” that will be able to communicate the vehicle’s control system. This new autonomous technology will communicate with other vehicles and with smart transportation and roadway systems that many are predicting. In addition, one manufacturer, Goodyear, is working with a concept tire, Eagle 360, on a dodge ball type sphere that will connect...

New York Parts Bill Redux

An old bill that aims to alter collision parts replacement laws in New York has been revived in the State Assembly. The proposed law requires vehicle owners to provide a signed consent form that describes the replacement parts to be used in the repairs. The bill also mandates that repair shops use only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts on vehicles during their first years of...