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4/25/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Regulations proposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering the deployment of robot cars are “premature and irresponsible” Consumer Watchdog told the DMV, saying that they wrongly rely on non-existent federal safety standards. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group said that the proposed expanded...
News Release
4/5/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – An analysis released today by non-profit journalists at ProPublica finds that four auto insurance companies in California mark up prices by as much as 32% for drivers in minority neighborhoods as compared to white neighborhoods with similar risk. In a letter sent today Harvey Rosenfield, the author of Proposition 103, and...
News Release
4/4/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The credibility of autonomous vehicle policy issued last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was completely undermined when former NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind announced he has taken a job with robot car developer Zoox, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog called on the Senate to refuse to...
News Release
4/3/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Governor Jerry Brown’s gas tax to fix roads should come out of oil companies’ windfall profits and not out of consumers’ wallets, Consumer Watchdog said today. “No one disputes that California’s roads are crumbling and we need to invest in fixing them,” wrote consumer advocate Liza Tucker...
News Release
3/29/2017
CONTACT Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – Following Consumer Watchdog’s challenge to excessive rate hikes proposed by Farmers Insurance Group for 1.2 million renters, homeowners, and condo owners in California, the company has agreed to cut $27 million from its rate increase. Renters will see the greatest relief; their rates will drop by an average of 40.6%...
News Release
3/27/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A crash involving an Uber robot car in Arizona shows the need for Uber to take the Safe Autonomous Vehicles (SAVe) Campaign pledge and agree to accept responsibility when one of its self-driving cars causes a crash, Consume Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also called on Uber to release...
News Release
3/24/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— California Governor Jerry Brown has put the interests of Big Oil first in California though he criticized Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for the same thing as he made his way to Washington this week, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter, Brown wrote to Pruitt, “Once again, you’ve put the...
News Release
3/20/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
    SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the California Attorney General to investigate Amazon, the gargantuan online retailer, for misleading consumers by often leading them to believe they are getting deals with discounted prices, when they are not.  The charges are based on an extensive research analysis of...
News Release
3/10/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – New regulations formally proposed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering deployment of robot cars and testing of self-driving cars without steering wheels weaken safety protections, Consumer Watchdog said. It called for the regulations to be strengthened before they take effect. The nonpartisan,...
News Release
3/8/2017
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
SANTA MONICA, CA: “Self-driving” vehicles will pose unprecedented safety, security, and privacy risks, and insurance companies and auto makers will try to shift the blame – and the costs – to consumers through higher insurance rates, Consumer Watchdog warned today in an informational hearing in Sacramento conducted by the...