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.
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.
November 25, 1989 |
A federal safety agency has upgraded investigations into reports of front-end failures in certain General Motors pickup trucks, seat belt failures in some Chevrolet Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds and power-seat fires in certain Ford Tauruses and Thunderbirds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said it was intensifying two separate investigations into possible defects in the anti-lock braking systems of 1985 through 1987 BMWs and 1988 and 1989 Jaguar XJ-6s.
November 15, 2005 |
The government has opened an investigation of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans after receiving complaints about failure of front air bag crash sensors. Models made by Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai Motor Co., meanwhile, are under separate investigations for potential defects, officials said Monday.