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Mazda6 sedans recalled after reports of door latches opening while in motion

Due to the recent discovery of defective door latches, Mazda Motor Corp. is now recalling approximately 161,400 Mazda6 sedans in the United States. The Mazda6 models that will be affected were built before Aug. 24, 2012, for the 2009-2013 model years. Mazda claims the problem lies with the door latch screws, which may become loose and cause the doors to slide open, even with the vehicle in motion. Mazda believes this problem was a result of the screws being incorrectly tightened at the factory or uneven door surfaces. After receiving several reports of this problem occurring, the National Highway Traffic ... Read More

Unexpected airbag deployment causes Honda to recall about 374,000 older model vehicles

Due to an electrical problem potentially causing the airbag system to malfunction, Honda Motor Co. announced a recall of approximately 374,000 of their vehicles. This recall will affect 318,000 Honda Odyssey minivans from the 2003 and 2004 model years, and 56,000 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles from 2003. These vehicles could suffer from an electrical interference, allowing the vehicles’ supplemental restraint systems, also known as SRS, to suddenly inflate the airbags without cause. The recall brings about uncertainty amongst drivers regarding the lifespan of airbag systems in older vehicles. Despite testing done by safety groups on airbag systems of vehicles up ... Read More

Toyota announces third recall in a single week due to safety concerns

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Toyota Motor Corp. has now recalled almost 781,000 2006-10 Toyota Rav4 SUVs and the 2010 Lexus HS250hs due to problems regarding the vehicles’ suspensions which may cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles while in motion. The issue lies within the recalled vehicles’ rear tire rods. The rod may move around if the nuts used for adjusting rear wheel alignment were tightened incorrectly, causing rust and eventually failure. Despite this being the second recall for the rear tire rods in these vehicles, Toyota clarifies in a letter sent to dealers ... Read More

NHTSA reconsidering how it publicizes automaker fines

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering changes in the way it publicizes penalties against auto manufacturers after it failed to publicize collecting millions of dollars in fines from Ford Motor Company for its failure to notify agency regulators in a timely manner of a safety defect in some of its sport utility vehicles. NHTSA officials launched a preliminary investigation on July 17, 2012 of Ford Escape SUVs made in 2001-2004, following consumer complaints of poorly performing accelerator pedals. Eight days later, Ford notified the NHTSA that it planned to recall more than 423,000 of the Escape models. ... Read More

Authorities investigating deadly Indiana church bus crash face regulatory shortfalls

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Investigators say that it may take a few more days to determine what caused the driver of a church bus to lose control of the vehicle and crash as he exited the highway. The July 26 crash killed three people and an unborn child and injured 26 others, some critically. The bus, owned and operated by Colonial Hill Baptist Church in Indianapolis, was carrying 37 passengers, mostly church teens who were returning home from a teen church camp in Michigan. The driver, Dennis Maurer, 66, who was employed by the church to drive the bus, careened down ... Read More

NTSB finds engineer’s poor vision was the likely cause of deadly Oklahoma freight train crash

A Union Pacific railroad engineer who was killed along with two other train workers in a train crash in Oklahoma last year had a long history of chronic eye and vision problems and could not tell red signals from green and yellow ones, a doctor told federal regulators this week in a hearing on the deadly crash. The June 2012 crash occurred in a rural area of the Oklahoma panhandle after a 108-car Union Pacific freight train collided with an 80-car westbound freight train, also operated by Union Pacific, setting off a diesel fuel explosion and fire. Each of the ... Read More

Chrysler refuses to recall Jeep vehicles despite risk for deadly, fiery crashes

Chrysler is refusing to recall 2.7 million vehicles to fix fuel tank problems that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says made the cars more susceptible to catching fire when rear-ended and may have caused at least 338 deaths. The issue involves the placement of fuel tanks in 1993 to 2004 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees. Those vehicles have fuel tanks located behind the rear bumper, which critics say make the tanks more likely to rupture and leak fuel during rear-end crashes, which increases the probability of the vehicles catching fire. NHTSA launched an investigation on 1993 to 2004 ... Read More

Detached trailer kills seven people on upstate New York highway

TRUXTON, NY –Seven people including four young children and three adults in their 20s were killed last week when their minivan was struck by a runaway trailer loaded with crushed cars. Authorities investigating the horrific crash in the rural upstate New York community told the Associated Press the trailer separated from the rig that was hauling it while traveling on a stretch of Route 13 about 25 miles north of Syracuse. The minivan was ripped apart by the collision, which occurred around 6 p.m. May 29. Both vehicles came to a rest on the shoulder of the highway. A Cortland ... Read More

Bay Area limo fire kills five women and injures four others

FOSTER CITY, Calif. – A newlywed bride and four other women are dead after the limousine hired to drive them to a hotel in Foster City, Calif., caught on fire as it was crossing the San Mateo Bridge. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the horrific fire and why it engulfed the back of the car so rapidly, leaving the occupants with mere seconds to attempt an escape. Driver Orville Brown, 46, was driving the 1999 Lincoln Town Car owned by LimoStop Inc., when he thought he heard one of the nine passengers in the back say over the loud ... Read More

Subaru Foresters recalled for floor mat problems

Subaru announced it will recall 10,137 of its 2014 Forester vehicles to correct a problem with the vehicles’ floor mats. According to the company, the floor mat my curl when exposed to heat, causing the mat to interfere with the driver’s operation of the accelerator, clutch and brake. Subaru did not specify what type of heat may cause the mat to curl, which indicates it could be related to either heat from the engine or drive train transmitted through the floorboard, or environmental conditions. According to reports filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Subaru identified 21 Forester ... Read More