Who Dropped the Ball on the GM Ignition Switch Recall?

1.6 million recalled GM vehicles including 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice vehicles, and the 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles models, which are clearly linked to 13 deaths and 31 injuries, as numerous observers, are asking why this occurred. 2005 Saturn Ion The first level of responsibility is [...]

March 31st, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Who Dropped the Ball on the GM Ignition Switch Recall?

Toyota to Pay $1.2 Billion in Criminal Penalties Over Unintended Acceleration Problems After Investigation Revealed Toyota Concealed Information and Misled Consumers

Last week, the Justice Department announced that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to settle the criminal probe over Toyota’s handling of unintended acceleration problems that began in 2009.  After 8.1 million Toyota vehicles were recalled for this dangerous defect, Toyota will now pay the largest U.S. criminal penalty ever imposed on a car company.  The [...]

March 25th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Toyota to Pay $1.2 Billion in Criminal Penalties Over Unintended Acceleration Problems After Investigation Revealed Toyota Concealed Information and Misled Consumers

NHTSA to Investigate GM Over Ignition Switch Defect

2005 Saturn Ion On February 10, 2014, GM announced a recall of 619,122 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles due to faulty ignition switches that could switch off.  It had been reported at that time that at least six people died because of this defect. Now, GM has recalled an additional [...]

February 28th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on NHTSA to Investigate GM Over Ignition Switch Defect

NHTSA Proposes Side Impact Testing for Child Restraint Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] has proposed upgrades to the federal motor vehicle safety standards [FMVSS] for child restraint systems.  The proposed amendment is to FMVSS No. 213, “Child restraint systems,” to adopt side impact performance requirements for all child seats designed to seat children who weight up to 40 pounds.  This would [...]

January 30th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on NHTSA Proposes Side Impact Testing for Child Restraint Systems

NHTSA Begins Investigation into Tesla Model S Fires

NHTSA will begin a federal safety investigation into the Tesla Model S after three fires occurred involving the vehicles.  The Tesla Model S is a full-sized electric five-door hatchback that runs on a lithium battery.  The first fire occurred in Kent, WA when the vehicle struck a metal object on a highway on October 1, [...]

November 20th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on NHTSA Begins Investigation into Tesla Model S Fires

Shutdown Halts NHTSA Recalls

Due to the US federal government shutdown, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will not be posting any new vehicle recall notice as of yesterday.  Not only will NHTSA stop making recall announcements, but the group will halt work on their vehicle safety investigations, car safety testing, and setting new regulations for vehicles thereby potentially [...]

October 2nd, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Shutdown Halts NHTSA Recalls

Ford Recalls 355,000 Vehicles Including Police Interceptors, Crown Vics and Town Cars over Fear of Steering Corrosion Problem

2007 Ford Crown Victoria On August 29, Ford issued a recall that affected approximately 355,000 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car models from 2005 to 2011.  Included in this recall number, are over 190,000 Crown Victoria police cars.  The reason for the recall is that these vehicles could lose [...]

September 5th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Ford Recalls 355,000 Vehicles Including Police Interceptors, Crown Vics and Town Cars over Fear of Steering Corrosion Problem

Ford Recalls New C-Max Hybrid Vehicles

Ford is recalling 33,021 2013 C-Max Hybrid Vehicles due to a roof safety issue.  The cars recalled were built between January 19, 2012 and June 25, 2013 and have no panoramic roof built.  During vehicle testing, the vehicle’s roof failed Federal Motor Safety Standard No. 201, "Occupant Protection in Interior Impact."  The testing found that [...]

July 31st, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Ford Recalls New C-Max Hybrid Vehicles

Numbers Don’t Lie: Nearly 5 Million Chrysler Vehicles Recalled in the Last Year

In the past year, Chrysler Group LLC, automobile maker of the Jeep series, has recalled nearly 5 million vehicles due to defective design and parts. During the past year, there have been 11 separate recalls by Chrysler.  The affected vehicles include 2002-2010 Grand Cherokees, 2006-2010 Commanders, 2010-2013 Jeep Compass SUVs, 2010-2013 Patriot SUV models, Jeep [...]

July 8th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Numbers Don’t Lie: Nearly 5 Million Chrysler Vehicles Recalled in the Last Year

Ford Recalls Vehicles to Repair Throttle Cables; NHTSA Opens Investigation into Honda Odysseys

After over a seven-month investigation by NHTSA, Ford decided to recall over 465,000 vehicles that had defective throttle cables installed.  The affected vehicles are 2000-2003 Ford Taurus models and 2000-2003 Mercury Sables models equipped with a Duratec engine.  The problem is the speed control cable collar may fracture at the mounting bracket.  This may result [...]

July 3rd, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Ford Recalls Vehicles to Repair Throttle Cables; NHTSA Opens Investigation into Honda Odysseys