Automotive news in the second and third weeks of January is usually dominated by the newest cars and trucks from the Detroit show, but this year we’re hearing just as much, if not more, about the various punishments and legal difficulties besetting automakers and their suppliers. The FBI arrested a VW executive. Takata, the subcontractor at the heart of a horrible, deadly mess involving improperly-assembled airbags, is looking at a billion-dollar tab for its misdeeds. And the EPA just told Fiat Chrysler that there’s trouble—big trouble—ahead.
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