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NHTSA Opens Probe into Hyundai, Kia Airbag Issue

Airbag problem could extend beyond named makers.

by on Mar.19, 2018

The Kia Forte's airbag is subject to an investigation by NHTSA for the 2012–13 model years.

Less than a month after Hyundai declared there is a problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is investigating airbag problems affecting 425,000 Kia and Hyundai vehicles.

The agency is also looking to see if the problem – airbags not inflating during a collision – is affecting other automakers.

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Over the weekend, NHTSA said it was opening a query into 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2012–13 Kia Forte vehicles. The move comes after the agency said it received reports that because of the problem in sixn instances, there have been four deaths and six injuries. (more…)

Environmental Groups Sue Over CAFE Penalties

Trump administration delaying increase in fines.

by on Sep.11, 2017

Three environmental groups filed suit after the Trump administration attempted to delay an increase in penalties for failing to meet CAFE standards.

Three major environmental groups have challenged a decision by the Trump administration to delay a rule that would increase the penalties on carmakers that violate federal fuel economy by failing to meet changes in the corporate average fuel economy or CAFE standards.

The challenge by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity represent an escalation of the war between environmentalists and the Trump administration, which is searching for ways to get around fuel economy rules imposed during the Obama administration. The suit was filed with U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

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The three groups sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, saying any delay is letting auto manufacturers off with what amounts to little more than a “slap on the wrist” if they fail to meet standards that are saving drivers money at the pump and reducing pollution. (more…)

Feds Sued Over Rear Seat Belt Warning Failure

Transportation Secretary Chao named in lawsuit.

by on Aug.16, 2017

Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao was named in a lawsuit by two advocacy groups claiming federal safety officials failed to enforce a rear seat belt warning mandate.

Federal safety officials are being sued by two non-profit groups over the failure of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration enforce legislation requiring a vehicle’s rear-seat occupants to be warned to buckle their seat belts.

The suit, filed by the Center for Auto Safety and Kids and Cars Inc., claims that the government has been too slow to implement the warnings, which were mandated in 2012 and supposed to take effect in 2015.

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The mandate requires a “regular and salient reminder” (for example: an audible warning) about rear seat safety belts for passengers. (more…)

NHTSA Reviewing Ford Engine Fire Recall

Proposed fix may be indicative of a bigger issue.

by on Apr.05, 2017

Ford recalled more than 230,000 vehicles, including the 2013 Ford Fusion for a coolant issue that could lead to an engine fire.

Less than a week after Ford issued a recall for 231,000 vehicles due to a coolant problem that has led to engine fires, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its reviewing the action because the proposed repair may not be a viable solution to the problem.

“The agency will take appropriate action as necessary,” an agency spokeswoman told The Associated Press in a statement.

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On March 29, Ford announced it was recalling vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engines, which pose a potential fire hazard. If the coolant runs low, the engine may overheat. When that happens, the engine block can crack. (more…)

NHTSA Targeting 1 Mil FCA Vehicles Over Shifter Rollaway Risk

Safety regulators also looking a Land Rover, Jaguar models.

by on Dec.20, 2016

NHTSA is targeting 2013-2016 Ram and Dodge 1500 series pickups for a shifter rollaway problem.

Federal regulators have launched a preliminary investigation of Fiat Chrysler products after receiving 43 reports about potentially faulty shifters that can result in a rollaway risk.

The new probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration targets about 1 million Ram and Dodge pickups and SUVs. The investigation is similar to one involving FCA’s Jeep line. That effort was, in turn, triggered by the June death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin who was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled away, pinning him against a fence.

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NHTSA also said it was looking at similar reports involving Jaguar and Land Rover products that also use electronic, rather than conventional, mechanical gearshift levers. (more…)

Apple Asks Agency About Autonomous Autos

Tech giant has questions for NHTSA about self-driving cars.

by on Dec.05, 2016

Apple revealed a little more about its automotive interests in a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Unlike Google with its little marshmallow cars scooting around its California campus and the city of Mountain View, Apple has been much more secretive about its automotive ambitions — until now.

The tech giant’s kept “Project Titan” under wraps until a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking a few questions about autonomous vehicle technology.

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The company believes the technology has the potential to “greatly enhance the human experience,” according to the letter filed with the agency on Nov. 22. In the five-page letter, the company had questions about the Obama administration’s proposed self-driving guidelines. (more…)

NHTSA Mandates Makers Engineer the Sounds of Silence

Battery-electric quiet cars must produce "audible" noise at low speeds.

by on Nov.14, 2016

Pedestrians will now hear that Tesla, Leaf or Bolt coming when it travels at low speeds with the new NHTSA mandate.

A few years down the road, if you cross the street and suddenly wonder what that “strange” noise is, you may have the U.S. government to thank for potentially saving your life.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized rules mandating electric vehicles, hybrids and other “quiet” cars emit “alert sounds” when traveling at speeds of 18.6 miles or slower.

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At higher speeds, the sound alert is not required because other factors, such as tire and wind noise, provide adequate audible warning to pedestrians. (more…)

NHTSA Extends FCA Probation

Extended term not punishment, but aimed to continue better communications.

by on Aug.01, 2016

NHTSA extended FCA's "probationary" period for another year to continue the improved communication between the parties.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration extended the “probationary” period it applied to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for another year for past failures to identify and address safety-related problems with its vehicles.

FCA U.S. LLC acknowledged that NHTSA is exercising its option to renew the monthly submissions and monthly meetings outlined in a consent order, which FCA signed one year ago, for an additional year of government oversight.

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As stated in NHTSA’s letter to Fiat Chrysler, “NHTSA’s exercise of its option to renew these requirements is not based on a concern about FCA’s performance to date, but rather to facilitate continued communication between FCA and NHTSA on potential defect issues.” (more…)

GM’s Tab for Takata May be $870 Million

Company doesn't believe it will have to make Takata-related repairs.

by on Jul.22, 2016

General Motors faces an $870 million liability related to Takata airbags in 6.8 million vehicles.

General Motors Co. faces potential liabilities of $870 million if it has to replace 6.8 million Takata airbags in cars, full-size trucks and sport-utility vehicles, according to documents filed by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company doesn’t believe there is a safety defect at this time in any of its vehicles related to the airbags it has filed reports with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covering 2.5 million full-size pick-up trucks and sport utility vehicles.

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“As a result of discussions with NHTSA and as described in the Preliminary DIR, GM will have an opportunity to prove to NHTSA that the inflators in these vehicles do not pose an unreasonable risk to safety,” the company noted in the filing. (more…)

Consumer Reports Calls for Tesla to Disable Autopilot Program

Other media suggest Tesla should be left alone.

by on Jul.14, 2016

Consumer Reports called for Tesla to disable Autopilot, which is the target of a NHTSA investigation after a recent fatality.

Federal regulators are asking for Tesla to provide data and documents related to its Autopilot program as a prominent magazine with a mixed history with the automaker issues a call for the company to disable Autopilot on all models until further notice.

The moves come on the heels of Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of EV maker, announcing the company does not plan to shut down the Autopilot feature on other vehicles after the death of an Ohio man using the feature.

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Consumer Reports, which at one point gave the Model S its highest rating ever, essentially demanded California-based Tesla disable the Autopilot feature on its cars until it can reprogram it to require that drivers keep one hand on the wheel every five minutes. The publication also criticized Tesla for naming the system Autopilot, saying the name is misleading. (more…)