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Auto Industry Under Siege Over Defects, Mileage Ratings

Jaclyn Jaeger | November 11, 2014

A record number of product-safety recalls and massive civil and criminal penalties for such compliance failure as mis-stated mileage ratings have put all manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive industry on notice—and things are only just starting to rev up.  

Sharkey-daniel-1114Ever since General Motors issued its massive recall over defective ignition switches, automakers have been in overdrive issuing voluntary recalls of their own for fear of suffering the same fate. “You don’t want to be the manufacturer who gets caught with a problem who hasn’t reported it,” says Daniel Sharkey, co-founder and member of the law firm Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco. “The GM ignition switch recall raised everybody’s antennae.”

The auto industry has been erring on the side of caution ever since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hit...

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