National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

NTSB gets involved in Tesla Autopilot probe
NTSB gets involved in Tesla Autopilot probe

When it comes to auto-related investigations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is usually the first--and often, only--agency on the scene. Consumers complain about a vehicle's performance, something goes wrong with an important component, and NHTSA fields the call. But sometimes...Read More»

Pro Trailer Backup Assist  -  in 2016 Ford F-150
Is it time to get rid of rear-view and side-view mirrors?

For several years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working on a plan that would require all new cars to come with backup cameras--the kind that project rear-views on display screens, often on a vehicle's center stack. When that rule goes into effect on May 1, 2018, it'll...Read More»

Toy car accident
Traffic deaths may have soared last year, as did miles driven

The figures aren't yet official, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's early estimates suggest that 35,200 motorists, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians died on U.S. roads in 2015--an increase of 7.7 percent over 2014. That's a remarkable uptick. In fact, the last time the...Read More»

gas pump
Automakers want to dial down EPA's 2025 goals, but energy advocates & consumers push back

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled bold, new fuel economy standards for the year 2025. With less than a decade to go before that deadline, automakers are now asking the EPA to lower the high bar it's set, but energy advocates and the general public have urged the agency to stay...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
2008-2009 Audi A4, A5, Q5 recalled to fix failing airbags

There have been plenty of airbag-recalls recently due to Takata's exploding inflators, but today's recall of the 2008 and 2009 Audi A4, A5, and Q5 is a little bit different. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the airbag systems on those vehicles may suffer from...Read More»

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets a software update to stop rollaways

In April of this year, following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled more than 1.1 million vehicles to address a problem with their shifters. For some of those vehicles--namely, the Jeep Grand Cherokee--we now know that the fix...Read More»

2012 Kia Sedona
2006-2012 Kia Sedona recalled for corrosion troubles--again

The Kia Sedona is having a no-good, very-bad week. On Tuesday, nearly 220,000 Sedonas from 2006-2014 were recalled to fix a corrosion problem affecting a hood latch. Today, many of those same vehicles are being recalled to fix a different but equally dangerous corrosion issue that could wreak havoc...Read More»

2016 BMW X3
BMW X3, X4, X5, X6 recalled: over 210,000 vehicles affected

Earlier today, BMW issued two recalls affecting more than 210,000 crossovers in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one recall stems from issues with the anchor bars that hold child safety seats in place, while the other is the result of a potentially serious...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Tucson
2006-2014 Kia Sedona, 2016 Hyundai Tucson, 2013 Kia Forte recalled: 306,000 vehicles affected

Hyundai and its sibling, Kia, have issued three recalls affecting roughly 306,000 vehicles in the U.S.: RECALL #1: 2006-2014 Kia Sedona UNITS AFFECTED: 219,900 RECALL #2: 2016 Hyundai Tucson UNITS AFFECTED: 81,000 These two recalls stem from a problem with the secondary latch that helps keep the...Read More»

2016 Toyota 4Runner
Toyota orders dealers to disclose Takata airbags on new models

A little over a week ago, we told you that Takata was still producing airbag inflators using potentially deadly ammonium nitrate, and that those devices were still being installed on U.S. vehicles--even though the vehicles will all have to be recalled by 2018 to have the inflators replaced. Now...Read More»

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
Under pressure, Tesla updates its 'Goodwill Agreement'

On Friday, the auto world once again turned its attention to Tesla Motors and its outspoken CEO, Elon Musk. This time, however, we weren't waiting for an unveiling or news of a new battery, but watching a confrontation between Tesla and an unspecified number of Model S owners, with the National...Read More»

2016 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S investigated for suspension problems (and Tesla isn't happy about it)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun investigating complaints about suspension problems on the Tesla Model S. The agency is also looking into reports that Tesla Motors asked owners to sign "Goodwill Agreements" that prevent them from speaking with federal regulators...Read More»

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport
2015-2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport recalled to fix exterior lighting

A day after Jaguar Land Rover recalled more than 50,000 cars and SUVs to replace fatally flawed Takata airbags, the automaker has issued a recall of the 2015-2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport. In this case, however, the vehicle's problem is its exterior lighting system. The National Highway Traffic...Read More»

2011 Land Rover Range Rover
Even more Takata recalls: 563,000 Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz vehicles affected

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a barrage of new recalls related to Takata's fatally flawed airbags. Over the weekend, the agency did so again, affecting cars and SUVs from luxury marques produced by Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz. As with many...Read More»

2013 Nissan Pathfinder
2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder recalled for brake light problem

Nissan is recalling select 2013 and 2014 Nissan Pathfinder crossovers to fix a problem with the models' brake lights. Nearly 80,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected by the recall. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Pathfinder's problem is rooted in its...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ
GM issues Takata recall: Cadillac Escalade; Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban; GMC Sierra; more

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted recalls affecting nearly 1.5 million U.S. vehicles equipped with Takata's fatally flawed airbags. Soon afterward, Ford added 1.9 million more vehicles to the recall roster. Today, General Motors has issued its own preliminary...Read More»

Toy car accident
Stop talking about 'accidents', start talking about 'collisions'

Despite all the empty rhetoric you might hear on the campaign trail, words still mean things. Some auto safety activists want people to start using the words "collision" and "crash" rather than "accident" to ensure that everyone understands the nature of those events. The distinction might seem...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Sonic
2013-2016 Chevrolet Sonic, Trax, 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark recalled for software glitch

General Motors has announced a recall of nearly 318,000 Sonic, Spark, and Trax vehicles from the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those cars may have a software glitch that could make them more susceptible to theft. The...Read More»

2016 Subaru Outback
Stop-sale & recall issued for 2016-2017 Subaru Legacy due to steering problems

Subaru is recalling and halting the sale of nearly 50,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may have serious problems with their steering columns, which could prevent owners from...Read More»

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