21 Jun, 2024

Stellantis unveils aftermarket parts brand to complement Mopar

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Repco, Supercheap fined by consumer watchdog over button battery products

Australian automotive accessory retailers Repco and Supercheap Auto have been fined for supplying car key remotes that allegedly breached warning requirements for products powered by button batteries.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued infringement notices to the Innovative Mechatronics Group (IMG) over four different models of replacement car key remotes supplied by IMG to Repco and Supercheap Auto that allegedly failed to include the required safety warning labels about the hazards associated with button batteries, which is a serious safety risk to children.

It also fined Repco and Supercheap Auto for supplying two types of car key remotes to consumers.

The supplier of the car remotes and retailers Repco and Supercheap Auto have all been fined. (Supplied)

Mandatory safety and information standards were introduced in 2022 following the deaths of three children caused by button batteries.

IMG paid $59,640 in penalties, while Repco and Supercheap Auto paid $33,000 and $26,640 respectively.

While the packaging of the car key remotes supplied by IMG and sold to consumers by Repco and Supercheap Auto featured a QR code that linked to a website that contained a warning symbol and information about button batteries, the ACCC said it did not meet the

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UAW: 13,000 auto workers go on strike. What’s at stake

DETROIT (AP) — About 13,000 auto workers have walked off the job at three targeted factories after their union leaders couldn’t reach a deal with Detroit’s automakers.

The United Auto Workers union is seeking big raises and better benefits from General Motors, Ford and Stellantis. They want to get back concessions that the workers made years ago, when the companies were in financial trouble.

A small percentage of the union’s 146,000 members walked off the job at a GM assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri; a Ford factory in Wayne, Michigan, near Detroit; and a Stellantis Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, at 11:59 pm Eastern time on Thursday.

Shawn Fain, the combative president of the UAWsays the targeted strikes will give the union leverage in contract talks and keep the auto companies guessing about their next move.

It could also make the union’s $825 million strike fund last much longer.

Both sides began exchanging wage and benefit proposals last week. Although some incremental progress appears to have been made — General Motors made a new, richer offer just hours before the strike deadline — it was not enough to avoid walkouts. The strike could cause significant disruptions to auto production

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