March 8, 2013 |
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its probe into claims that three Ford sport utility vehicles from the 2002 to 2005 model years can roll away when the transmissions are in park. Federal officials the failure rates were too low to warrant recalls. The NHTSA probe, which began nearly four years ago, involved about 1.5 million Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs. There had been 36 complaints, including 14 linked to crashes and six to injuries.
February 8, 2013 |
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is looking into possibly expanding a small recall of Pontiac G6 midsize cars to as many as 550,000 vehicles. Three years ago, just 9,000 of the cars were recalled by General Motors because the brake lights and cruise control didn't work properly. That recall affected cars made only in January 2005. But the NHTSA says it has subsequently received more than 200 complaints about brake lights that do not come on when brake pedals are pressed or that the lights come on when brakes are not being applied.
January 17, 2013 |
Automakers issued 586 safety recalls for more than 16.2 million vehicles last year, slightly higher than the previous year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Thursday. Most recalls start with consumer complaints, the NHTSA said in a release. Last year, the agency received 41,912 complaints concerning potential safety defects, compared with 49,417 in 2011 and 65,765 in 2010. "The role of the consumer in influencing auto recalls cannot be underestimated," NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said in the release.
December 15, 2012 |
The nation's top auto safety regulator has escalated and expanded an investigation into complaints of floor mats trapping accelerators in Ford Motor Co. vehicles. The probe has not led to any recalls, but it appears to echo recent investigations into unintended acceleration in Toyota cars, which ultimately led to massive global recalls after drivers complained of cars speeding out of control, causing injuries and deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week upgraded the Ford defect investigation, originally launched in May 2010, to an engineering analysis, its most serious level of inquiry.
December 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Traffic deaths nationally were down last year to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1949. But not in North Dakota, where they were up 41%, the biggest increase of any state. Fourteen states, including California, recorded an increase in motor vehicle fatalities, even though the 32,367 traffic deaths last year were down 1.9% from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The traffic safety agency this year projected a record low in 2011 traffic deaths as motorists drove less, perhaps because of high gas prices and a still-difficult economy.
July 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A U.S. senator has raised concerns about a government investigation of sudden unintended acceleration problems in Toyota vehicles, saying the probe might have erroneously ruled out the company's electronic throttle control system as a cause. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said whistle-blowers recently have provided his office with information suggesting that the investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with the help of NASA engineers, "may have been too narrow.