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Takata Airbag Update: NHTSA Adds 1.7 Million Vehicles to Recall

The U.S. government added an additional 1.7 million vehicles from seven different automakers to the Takata airbag recall as part of its continuing push to repair volatile airbags that can deploy with lethal force. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is managing the monstrous recall, added vehicles made by BMW, Daimler Vans, Ferrari, Mercedes, Subaru, Tesla, and Volkswagen. In its year-end report on the recall, NHTSA said that automakers have recalled 50.36 million Takata airbag units to date. Of those, 27.2 million were replaced, leaving more than 23 million unrepaired. The Takata airbag recalls collectively form the largest ... Read More

NHTSA Probing Ford F-Series Pickups For Tailgate Defect

Federal auto regulators are investigating Ford F-Series pickup trucks in response to driver complaints that the power tailgates on some 2017 models can openly unexpectedly while driving, posing a safety hazard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation says it has received five complaints about the tailgate problem. The reported defect potentially affects thousands of 2017 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty models. NHTSA authorities are looking into the “scope, frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect.” The agency says that a power tailgate that lowers unexpectedly could cause cargo to fall out of ... Read More

Traffic Fatalities Dip Slightly in 2017

The number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. dropped slightly in 2017, reversing an upward trend that had been in place the two previous years, federal transportation authorities said. Despite the slight decline, 2017 was nevertheless the second deadliest year for traffic fatalities in the U.S. during the last decade. Distracted, smartphone-using drivers and motorists on prescription opioids and other drugs account for some of the highway carnage, which hit historic highs in recent years, but the factors behind fatal traffic crashes are always harder to pinpoint than to estimate. But one thing is certain: the recent decline in traffic fatalities may be ... Read More

Crash-Avoidance Mandate for Tractor-Trailers Nowhere In Sight

Crash-avoidance systems on tractor-trailers and other heavy vehicles could potentially save thousands of lives per year, mitigate crash severity and injuries, and reduce property damages, yet Congress has failed to mandate the technology despite an alarming increase in tractor-trailer crash deaths. The Kansas City Star examined the issue of crash-avoidance technology in tractor-trailers in a recent report, noting that for 20 years the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has repeatedly urged federal regulators to mandate crash-avoidance systems in trucks, yet no action has been taken, let alone proposed. In 2016, more than 4,300 people were killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers ... Read More

Nissan Recalls 215,000 Vehicles Over Brake Seal Fire Risk

Nissan has announced a recall of more than 215,000 model-year 2015-2018 cars and SUVs to fix a defect that could cause anti-lock brake fluid to leak onto an internal circuit board and start a fire or malfunction. The recall covers the 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, the 2017 and 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2017 Infiniti QX60. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall documents, the problem stems from the antilock braking system’s actuator pump seal. The seal may allow brake fluid to leak out onto the electronic circuit board causing a short in the ... Read More

Audit Slams NHTSA For Poor Handling of Takata Airbags Recalls

Federal auto safety regulators have done a sloppy job handling the Takata airbag recalls, which may have left millions of motorists exposed to the potentially deadly airbags longer than necessary, a government audit has found. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) failed to follow its own procedures in addressing low recall repair completion rates, according to a report compiled by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General and released to Congress July 18. U.S. lawmakers asked Transportation Department officials in 2015 to investigate how effectively its own auto safety regulators were overseeing the sweeping Takata airbag recalls, which ... Read More

Honda, Feds Investigating Teen’s Honda Entrapment Death

Honda Motor Co. is working with federal and local authorities in probing the accidental death of a Cincinnati teen who suffocated after becoming pinned by a bench seat in his Odyssey minivan April 10. Kyle Plush, 16, was initially well enough to call 911 after he became stuck in the third-row bench seats of the 2004 Honda minivan. He warned the emergency dispatcher that he felt he would die unless someone found him soon. Kyle had kneeled on the third-row seat so he could reach into the very back of the vehicle to retrieve his tennis gear. The bench seat ... Read More

57 Million U.S. Cars on Road With Unrepaired Safety Defects

Nearly a quarter of all vehicles on U.S. roads are under an open safety recall, according to a new Carfax study, indicating millions of motorists are at risk of injury and death by driving vehicles with an unrepaired auto defect. Carfax, which operates the world’s largest vehicle history database, says that more than 57 million vehicles in the U.S. are under an open safety recall. That means problems such as faulty airbags, gear shifters, ignition switches, steering wheel assemblies, electronics, and a spectrum of other defects have the potential to cause harm, even years after the vehicles were recalled. The ... Read More

Traffic Fatalities Rise Again in 2016

Traffic fatalities in the U.S., already at a 50-year high, leaped again last year dramatically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia show that 37,461 people were killed on U.S. highways and roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015, NHTSA reported. Part of the rise in traffic fatalities can be attributed to a corresponding leap in the number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016. According to NHTSA, vehicle miles traveled increased by 2.2 percent last year, resulting in about 1.18 deaths per ... Read More

Ford says Takata Airbag Safety Issue ‘Inconsequential’

Ford Motor Company is expected to file a petition with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to resist recalling approximately 2.5 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag safety recall, Reuters reports. John Cangany, a Ford spokesman, explained that it is filing the petition because it “believes the issue is inconsequential.” The safety recall is the largest in U.S. history and is now linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide. As Beasley Allen has previously explained the recall stems from the chemical compound used in the airbag inflators. Takata admits to ... Read More