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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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11/30/2016
By James R. Hood, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
The advocacy groups had asked auto safety regulators to require automatic emergency braking on new cars Three consumer advocates have sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for failing to act on a petition asking it to require automatic emergency braking (AEB) on new cars. Instead of responding to the petition, the...
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11/30/2016
By Elizabeth Dwoskin, THE WASHINGTON POST
Here is a strategy for start-ups dealing with regulators who might shut down your product: Make it free. Scrappy self-driving car start-up Comma.ai released a free software kit on Wednesday to help developers learn to build a device that can turn any car into an autonomous vehicle. The year-old company, which is founded by a well-known hacker and...
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11/30/2016
By Ryan Beene, AUTOMOTIVE NEWS
Auto safety and consumer advocacy groups have sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a bid to force the agency to decide whether to require automatic braking systems on all new light vehicles. WASHINGTON -- Auto safety and consumer advocacy groups have sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a bid to force...
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11/30/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — Three consumer advocacy groups are suing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to respond to a petition calling for the agency to require automakers to adopt automatic emergency braking NHTSA announced in March a voluntary agreement with 20 automakers that called for most major car manufacturers to make...
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11/29/2016
By Luke Stangel, SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL
A California-based consumer advocacy group is urging the state's DMV to crack down on Tesla’s use of the words "autopilot" and “self-driving” in its marketing, saying the terms mislead consumers into believing the feature is safer than it actually is. In September, the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued...
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11/29/2016
By James R. Hood, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Consumer Watchdog wants rules limiting hype about self-driving cars Carmakers should be a bit more circumspect in their claims for self-driving cars, a California consumer group thinks. Consumer Watchdog wants the California Department of Motor Vehicles to ban misleading ads that leave the dangerous – and sometimes fatal...
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11/29/2016
By Ivan Penn, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A consumer advocacy group contends that California refiners are holding down gasoline production to inflate prices at the pump. California gasoline prices remain at least 50 cents a gallon higher than in other areas of the country even though a major Southern California refinery that was mostly shutdown throughout 2015 is back...
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11/29/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — President-elect Donald Trump will tap former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to lead the Department of Transportation in his incoming administration, according to multiple media reports Chao, 63, who served under former President George W. Bush, would become U.S. Secretary of Transportation at a time when federal regulators are...
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11/28/2016
By Russ Mitchell, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The California Department of Motor Vehicles put forth proposed regulations that would, in effect, prohibit Tesla from using the Autopilot name to market its vehicles. That was in September. Now, a consumer group is telling the DMV to get on with it.     Tesla uses the word Autopilot to describe its driver-assist...
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11/23/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — Carmakers are pushing for “flexibility” and the ability to protect proprietary information in self-driving car testing as federal regulators move to implement new guidelines. The current proposal from the outgoing Obama administration calls for automakers and technology companies to voluntarily report on testing and...