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Urgent Fiat Chrysler recall issued on certain SUVS

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Although past recalls have determined certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles to have defects, about five dozen of these vehicles are now under “urgent recall.” Manufacturer Fiat Chrysler has instructed owners to stop driving the vehicles immediately. The urgently recalled vehicles, all from the 2015 model year, feature a flawed suspension component that may break during use, causing the driver “rear-end instability and/or reduced braking power.” The vehicles were found to be defective by a supplier conducting an internal quality review. Shortly after the discovery, Fiat Chrysler halted shipments of the new vehicles from its plant. Now that the problem has ... Read More

NHTSA to investigate Fiat Chrysler’s 2013 Dodge Dart recall

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A federal investigation has been launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of Fiat Chrysler’s handling of the 121K 2013 Dodge Dart recall. A total of 18 complaints were received by NHTSA before it decided upon an investigation into the Dart’s braking problems. Recorded complaints state the vehicle’s brake pedal may suddenly become difficult to depress, increasing the expected braking distance significantly for Dodge Dart drivers. Some drivers even claim to hear a “pop noise or an air hissing noise when applying the brake pedal, followed by a hard pedal feel and reduced brake effectiveness.” In order to ... Read More

Senate report finds Takata paused quality checks at its airbag plants

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Takata Corporation refutes the findings of a Senate report that found the Japanese company suspended its quality control audits for two years to keep its costs down, a year after Honda announced its first safety recall of vehicles equipped with Takata’s defective airbags that were prone to explode. Senator Bill Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, released his staff report ahead of a panel hearing that called together officials from the Japanese supplier, Honda, Fiat and Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to testify on the defective airbags. Takata, a major airbag ... Read More

Federal report slams NHTSA’s failures in GM ignition switch disaster

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A harsh new report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) demonstrates how the negligence and incompetence of a federal regulatory agency in addressing automotive safety defects can amount to dozens of deaths and hundreds of catastrophic injuries. On Monday, the Office of the Inspector General released a report of its findings from its investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) response to General Motors’ defective ignition switches, which put the lives of tens of millions of U.S. motorists at risk. According to the report, consumers, car dealers, and mechanics specifically reported the GM ignition switch defect, which can ... Read More

Feds may probe GM’s Chevy Tahoe for side-airbag malfunction

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Federal auto safety regulators are considering opening an investigation of allegedly defective side curtain airbags in certain General Motors vehicles that can fail to protect passengers in rollover crashes, citing an August 2011 crash in which three children were ejected from a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigations said Monday it received a petition requesting an investigation of 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs. The Detroit News reports that Donald Friedman of Xprts LLC, a Santa Barbara, Calif., engineering consulting firm, filed the petition in August. “The petition cites a 2011 Texas crash involving a ... Read More

NTSB urges automakers to install collision avoidance system in all new vehicles

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has again voiced its recommendation that a collision avoidance system become a standard safety feature in all new vehicles because it could prevent thousands of deaths and injuries every year. According to the NTSB, forward collision avoidance systems can prevent or lessen the severity of rear-end crashes, which kill about 1,700 people every year and injure half a million others. Although the collision-avoidance technology has been around for years, it currently is included as a standard feature in just four passenger vehicle models: Mercedes-Benz G Class 4X4 SUV; Subaru Forester and Outback SUVs, and the Subaru Legacy, ... Read More

NHTSA to Auto Industry: No more Mr. Nice Guy

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Less than six months on the job, Mark Rosekind, the new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administrator, is putting enormous pressure on automakers to clean up their safety and compliance or face meaningful consequences. U.S. lawmakers and safety experts have relentlessly criticized and belittled NHTSA in recent years for its failure to hold automakers accountable for safety defects, taking action only once the problems mushroomed into deadly crises. The Detroit Free Press said that Mr. Rosekind “let loose a stunning display of force” last week in getting an obstinate Takata to sign a consent agreement that expanded its airbag ... Read More

German institute investigating Takata airbag recall lists four factors contributing to airbag failure

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According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Fraunhofer ICT, the German research institute in charge of investigating the monumental Takata airbag recall, has discovered at least four contributing factors to the fatal airbag detonations. At least six deaths have been linked to the Takata airbag recall thus far. All four factors resulted in the passage of moisture into the airbag inflator, ruining the propellants responsible for deploying the airbag in the event of a collision. The following points are what the German experts believe actively contribute to the Takata exploding airbags: Variations in inflator production; Incompetent inflator machinery, such as ... Read More

Honda opts to expand Takata airbag recall in Japan

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Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s order, Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recall to include more than a quarter million vehicles sold in the Japanese domestic market. Honda appears to be experiencing the most turmoil from the Takata airbag recalls considering how the automaker had the most cars affected. In the latest Japanese recall, Honda must now add 259,479 brand-new vehicles equipped with defective airbag inflators, not including the previously known 79,249 Honda vehicles still in line to be fixed. The recall notice states that the affected Honda vehicles, ranging from 2002 through 2008 model years, include ... Read More

Daimler Trucks included in Takata airbag recall

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The Takata airbag recall list continues to grow as Daimler Trucks will be included on its infamous index of affected vehicles. Takata recalled a total of approximately 34 million vehicles worldwide and has been responsible for the largest auto-related recall in history. Daimler Trucks North America, a leading manufacturer of medium-duty trucks and specialized commercial vehicles, announced that some Freightliner and Western Star models are included in the Takata airbag recalls. The exact number of trucks affected has not been released yet, but Daimler Trucks claims it is small. Daimler will now join the ranks of the other 10 Takata-impacted ... Read More