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 1, 2002 |
The government will begin rating child safety seats so parents know which models are easiest to properly install and use. Ratings made available next year will grade seats on five factors: whether the seat requires assembly; clarity of the labels attached to the seat; clarity of written instructions; ease of installation; and ease of correctly securing a child into the seat. The information will be available at www.nhtsa.dot.
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.