May 11, 2001 |
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to proceed with an investigation of more than 800,000 Ford trucks after dozens of owners said they lost steering control. At least 50 owners of 1999 and 2000 Super Duty F-Series pickups have complained about a fracture in the steering gear sector shaft, which makes the front wheels turn when the driver moves the steering wheel. At least 41 crashes and 13 injuries have been reported to Ford Motor Co. and NHTSA.
September 29, 1995 |
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will undertake an engineering analysis of complaints that air bags deploy accidentally in some Acura Legends and Honda Preludes. The safety agency said 41 complaints have been filed involving the air bags in those models built in 1992 and '93. In five accidents, drivers reported losing steering control because the bags deployed after the car's tire or undercarriage hit a curb, pothole or ditch. Eight injuries have been reported.
September 2, 1987 |
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed new regulations Tuesday to implement a 1986 law aimed at making odometer fraud more difficult. The law requires that all state motor vehicle titles issued after April, 1989, include mileage figures. The titles must be written in such a way that counterfeiting or alterations can be detected more easily.
November 3, 1987 |
Mounting complaints of sudden and unexplained acceleration of some Mercedes-Benz automobiles has convinced the Department of Transportation to reopen an investigation into possible mechanical flaws in one model of the luxury car, a spokesman said Monday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will investigate Mercedes' best-selling model--the 300E--and will monitor complaints against other models of the West German-manufactured cars.
February 14, 2001 |
The government released rollover risk ratings for 30 more vehicles on Tuesday, giving low marks to eight sport-utility vehicles and high grades to four cars. The ratings of the 2001 vehicles are based on a mathematical formula for measuring the vehicle's center of gravity and width. SUVs and pickup trucks are more top-heavy and thus more likely to get lower marks than a car or van.
December 5, 2007 |
A dozen 2008 pickup trucks and vans earned top safety scores in government crash tests released Tuesday. The top-scoring pickups in 2008 include: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Dodge Dakota, GMC Sierra 1500, Honda Ridgeline, Mitsubishi Raider and Toyota Tacoma. Among vans, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the highest scores to the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Entourage, Nissan Quest and the Kia Sedona.
August 24, 2000 |
Federal auto safety officials will ask Mitsubishi to vouch for the quality of cars it has sold in the United States, after the auto maker's parent company admitted to systematically concealing consumer complaints in Japan. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was preparing a letter to Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, posing questions about the safety of cars sold to Americans. NHTSA has no evidence that Mitsubishi had failed to report problems with its cars to U.S. authorities.