Brakes

2015-2016 Ford F-150 may have brake problems, too: NHTSA opens probe
2015-2016 Ford F-150 may have brake problems, too: NHTSA opens probe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2015 and 2016 Ford F-150, following at least 25 reports of problems with the pickup's brakes. Sound familiar? It should: in May of this year, Ford recalled roughly 271,000 F-150 pickups from the 2013 and 2014...Read More»

Toyota Pre-Collision System
Toyota, Lexus promise to make automated braking standard by next year

Last week, 20 automakers that account for 99 percent of the U.S. car market agreed to make automated braking standard on all new vehicles by the year 2022. Toyota and Lexus fans, however, will see many of their favorite rides equipped with the safety technology far earlier. Toyota says that nearly...Read More»

2014 Dodge Dart
2013-2014 Dodge Dart Recalled: Over 121,000 Vehicles Affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 121,000 Dodge Dart sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model year. The automaker says that problems with the Dart's braking system could increase the risk of accidents. WATCH: 2015 Ford Edge Video Road Test Specifically, the recall is linked to a flawed...Read More»

2012 Jeep Wrangler - First Drive
2007-12 Jeep Wrangler & 2013 Dodge Dart Investigated For Faulty Airbags, Brakes

Within the past week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened two investigations of vehicles manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Both probes are in the Preliminary Evaluation phase, the first in a three-step process toward a recall. The first vehicle under NHTSA's...Read More»

2015 Cadillac CTS
2015 Cadillac ATS & CTS Recalled For Flaw In Brake System

General Motors is recalling 2,163 Cadillac ATS and CTS vehicles from the 2015 model year. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may have been manufactured with a faulty part that could cause the brakes to fail. The part in question...Read More»

Aerial view of massive traffic snarl during Atlanta's 2014 snow storm, via NBC Charlotte @wcnc
NHTSA Ends Investigation Of GM Trucks & SUVs But Warns Northern Drivers About Salt & Corrosion

Over four years ago, in January of 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation of GM trucks and SUVs from model years 1999 to 2003. Yesterday, the agency closed that investigation, but it has issued a warning for drivers -- not just GM drivers, all drivers...Read More»

Ray LaHood
Coming Soon To Your New Car: A Brake-Override System

If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way, new cars, trucks, and SUVs will soon come with brake-override systems. That's according to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that the agency has posted to its website (PDF). If you follow the news, you can probably guess the...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 towing a trailer
2011 Ford F-150 & Other F-Series Models Recalled For Transmission Flaw

Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for 2011 models of its popular F-150 pickup, as well as 2012 vehicles from the F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 lines. The recall centers around a problem with the brake shift interlock switch, which could increase the risk of a crash. In a nutshell, the flaw...Read More»

2011 Subaru Outback
Subaru Halts Sales Of 2012 Impreza, Legacy, Outback For Brake Problem

Subaru has issued a notice to dealers asking them to stop selling 2012 models of the popular Impreza, Legacy, and Outback. According to a report in AutoWeek, 130 owners of those vehicles have complained of problems with the brake pedal -- specifically, too much brake pedal travel. During the four...Read More»

2012 Cadillac CTS
2012 Cadillac CTS Recalled For Potential Brake Failure

General Motors has issued a important recall for the 2012 Cadillac CTS. At issue: a flaw that could render the vehicle's brakes useless and dramatically increase the risk of a crash. The problem centers around a single nut on the CTS's power vacuum brake boost pushrod. According to a memo from the...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT
How To Know When To Have Your Brakes Checked

You know how to check your car's other vital systems--oil, tire air, and gas--but what about the brakes? The trouble with brakes is that they can fail anytime. Depending on the type of driving conditions they have been exposed to, their wear rates can drastically differ, too. But if you look for...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram
Chrysler Issues Recall For 2009, 2010 Dodge Ram Pickups

Chrysler has announced a recall of certain Dodge Ram trucks from the 2009 and 2010 model years. According to a bulletin issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may have flawed braking systems, which could increase the possibility of an accident -- not...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Recalls 2011 Santa Fe For Brake Issue

Brake issues can be a major hazard in any car, but they're worse when they're completely unexpected, as they should be with a brand-new vehicle. Unfortunately for Hyundai--and 2011 Santa Fe owners--a manufacturing defect has caused exactly that. It's not a surprise, however, as the 2011 Kia...Read More»

Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press
NHTSA: Toyota Electronics Have No 'Sudden Acceleration' Fault

So-called 'sudden acceleration' has a long and unfortunate history, almost destroying Audi sales in the mid-1980s after 60 Minutes accused the Audi 5000 of accelerating out of control at random. Now, as previewed a few weeks ago, an NHTSA report finds no electronic cause for the phenomenon--and...Read More»

2010 Jeep Wrangler 4WD 2-door Sahara Angular Front Exterior View
Chrysler Recalls 2010 Dodge Nitro, Ram And 2010 Jeep Liberty, Wrangler

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Chrysler will recall certain 2010 models of the Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Nitro, and Dodge Ram (now known simply as the Ram). According to the official NHTSA bulletin, those vehicles were built with a defective part that could...Read More»

2010 Jeep Wrangler
Chrysler Recalls 288,968 Jeep Wranglers For Possible Brake Fluid Leak

The Jeep Wrangler is made for summer: rugged and fun to drive, it's great for a quick trip to the beach or a weekend in the mountains. It's also a popular ride for youngsters looking for something sporty to motor around town or off to college. It's unfortunate, then, that Chrysler has issued a...Read More»

2003 GMC Yukon Denali 4-door AWD Angular Front Exterior View
Six Million Chevy, GMC Trucks And SUVs Being Investigated For Possible Brake Failure

Earlier this week, Vik mentioned General Motors' plan to equip many GM models with brake-override systems, which will slow vehicles in the event of sudden acceleration. This is a preemptive move on GM's part, brought about partly by concerns associated with Toyota's ongoing recall. Unfortunately...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Toyota Recall Already Denting Residuals, Resale Values

Some of the most respected companies that look at depreciation are predicting that Toyota (NYSE: TM) vehicles won't be worth as much as much as previously predicted when customers go to trade them a few years from now. Yes, even the ones that aren't recalled. But how much they'll fall in value...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Piling On: Problems With Prius Brakes Are Toyota's Latest Worry

When it rains, it pours. And Toyota may find itself swimming a lot faster if new allegations of safety problems prove to be true. In Japan this morning, the Ministry of Transportation ordered the company to investigate complaints into brake problems in its new 2010 Toyota Prius. More than 100 U.S...Read More»

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