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December 26, 2012
16:28 EDTTMHagens Berman: Toyota agrees to fund a settlement of cases worth up to $1.4B
The attorneys representing Toyota (TM) owners who claim that their vehicles are prone to sudden, unexplained acceleration announced that Toyota has agreed to a settlement valued between $1.2B and $1.4B, which includes direct payments to consumers as well as the installation of a brake-override system in an estimated 3.25M vehicles. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Toyota will install a brake-override system in vehicles subject to floor mat entrapment recalls. In addition, the settlement establishes a fund of $250M to be paid to former Toyota owners who sold their cars during the period from Sept. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2010, to compensate those owners for an alleged reduced value as a result of publicity concerning unintended acceleration. A separate fund of $250M will be established to compensate current owners whose vehicles are not eligible for a brake-override system. The settlement also provides that all 16M current owners will be eligible for a customer care plan that will warranty certain parts that plaintiffs allege are tied to unintended acceleration for between three and 10 years. The agreement also provides $30M in education grants to independent academic institutions to further the study of auto safety and to enhance driver education. Judge James Selna is expected to review the proposed settlement on Dec. 28, 2012, and if he agrees with its fairness, will grant preliminary approval.
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December 19, 2014
09:24 EDTTMJohnson Controls Magna could be hurt by Toyota consolidation, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo beleives that Johnson Controls (JCI) and Magna (MGA) could be hurt in the intermediate term by Toyota's (TM) decision to merge the seating manufacturing operations of four of its affiliates. Wells thinks Toyota's move should make bidding for seating deals more competitive. It keeps Market Perform ratings on Johnson Controls and Magna.
December 18, 2014
18:27 EDTTMToyota to consolidate seat-making operations, Nikkei reports
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08:07 EDTTMToyota to invest $126M to expand Southeast Michigan R&D campuses
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December 15, 2014
13:16 EDTTMUAW head looking for wage hikes in new contract, Automotive News says
Veteran auto workers should get a wage increase in a new contract, while the compensation of newly hired employees should move closer to that of longer serving workers, UAW President Dennis Williams said today, according to Automotive News. Williams said he is not considering launching a strike when the auto workers' contact ends in September, the website added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).Reference Link
06:55 EDTTMTakata tightening restrictions on suppliers, Reuters reports
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December 11, 2014
06:30 EDTTMNissan recalling 1520,000 cars globally using Takata air bags, Reuters reports
Nissan (NSANY) is recalling 152,000 vehicles around the world that use Takata's (TKTDY) passenger site air bags, Reuters reports. The cars are being recalled after an "unusual deployment" of a Takata air bag in Japan, which also led to recalls by Toyota (TM). Reference Link
December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTTMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).

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