The DOJ recently announced yet another agreement to plead guilty to antitrust charges in its ongoing investigation of the automotive parts industry. The plea agreement involved price fixing and bid rigging for spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors, and entailed a $52.1 million fine. It is the latest in a series of recent events in the investigation, including a guilty plea by a former executive of a Japanese manufacturer of antilock brake system components, who was sentenced on July 31 to 13 months in jail, as well as new charges against executives of Japanese manufacturers of seatbelts and heater control panels. According to the DOJ s most recent press release, the investigation s totals now stand at 28 corporate guilty pleas, 26 individual guilty pleas and over $2.4 billion in fines.