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NHTSA approves Chrysler recall plan for older model Jeeps

Chrysler has just been approved to proceed with recall repairs after the government closed its investigation into the safety of older-model Jeeps in the event of a rear-end collision. The investigation stemmed from a recall indicating a risk that a crash into the rear of the vehicle would rupture the vehicles’ gas tanks, erupting the vehicle into flames. The recall will cover 1.6 million Jeep Cherokees from 1993 to 1998 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 to 2007. The repairs will consist of adding a trailer hitch, if the vehicle doesn’t already have one, in order to provide extra rear-crash protection. The ... 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

NHTSA’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Targets Drunk Drivers During The Holiday Season

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood recently joined with local law enforcement officers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governors Highway Safety Association to begin their annual holiday campaign in order to address the issue of drunk driving.  During this event, NHTSA released new state-by-state drunk driving statistics from 2011, revealing that 9,878 people were killed in drunk driving crashes and 395 of those crashes occurred in the second half of December alone. “The holiday season can be an especially dangerous time on our nation’s roadways due to ... Read More

New NHTSA chief consumed with Toyota woes

When David Strickland took over the reigns of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in early January, he assumed his focus would be the finalizing of landmark fuel economy and tailpipe emissions regulations with the Environmental Protection Agency. What he didn’t anticipate was spending so much time reviewing the safety record of what was once the country’s most reliable car manufacturer. Once in his new role at NHTSA, however, Strickland hit the ground running working to defend the administration’s role in the investigation into eight separate reports of sudden and unintended acceleration incidents in Toyota vehicle since 2003. The ... Read More

Toyota acknowledges NHTSA’s record civil penalty

Toyota issued a brief statement on its website today, acknowledging the $16.375 million civil penalty it received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for violations of federal regulations governing automotive defect alerts and protocol. “Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) received notice from NHTSA on April 5 (in the United States) that NHTSA is seeking a civil penalty. TMC is now considering its response,” a statement on Toyota’s website said. “Toyota has and will continue to practice its philosophy of satisfying consumers with high quality vehicles that are safe and reliable, and responding to consumer feedback with honesty and integrity,” the ... Read More

NHTSA will hit Toyota with largest possible civil penalty

The U.S. federal government will levy a $16.375 million civil penalty, the maximum allowable under law, against Toyota for failing to promptly inform regulators about sticking accelerator pedals in some 2.3 million vehicles. The fine will be the largest civil penalty the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ever sought against an auto manufacturer. NHTSA charges Toyota with failing to notify the government about the dangerous “sticky pedal” defect for at least four months, “despite knowing of the potential risk to consumers.” U.S. law requires automakers to notify regulators of defects within five business days after being uncovered. Internal Toyota ... Read More