Regulators Open Investigation Into Jeeps That Just Roll Away When Parked

Regulators Open Investigation Into Jeeps That Just Roll Away When Parked

When putting your vehicle in the “park” position, you probably have the expectation that your car won’t be moving. That’s apparently not the case for more than 400,000 Jeeps now under investigation by federal regulators because they have a tendency to simply roll away after being parked. [More]

CarMax Plays “Used Car Recall Roulette” By Selling Potentially Dangerous Vehicles

CarMax Plays “Used Car Recall Roulette” By Selling Potentially Dangerous Vehicles

During the height of recallopalooza 2014, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups raised concerns about CarMax, alleging that the nation’s largest used vehicle seller was misleading customers with claims of “Quality Certified” cars and “125+ point” inspections while not revealing that some cars had been recalled for safety issues that had not yet been repaired.  More than a year later, a new report shows that CarMax is continuing this practice, which one legislator has dubbed “used car recall roulette.” [More]

NHTSA Denies Second Petition To Open Investigation Into Unintended Acceleration Of Toyota Vehicles

NHTSA Denies Second Petition To Open Investigation Into Unintended Acceleration Of Toyota Vehicles

For the second time this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would not open a probe into millions of Toyota vehicles regarding possible unintended acceleration. [More]

Senators Call For Recall Of All Vehicles With Takata Airbags

Senators Call For Recall Of All Vehicles With Takata Airbags

Because it could take some time for federal investigators to determine the cause of a ruptured Takata airbag in a Volkswagen — a carmaker that hadn’t been part of any earlier exploding, shrapnel-shooting airbag recalls — some lawmakers are calling for a recall of all vehicles equipped with airbags made by Takata. [More]

Exploding Airbag In Volkswagen Under Investigation

Exploding Airbag In Volkswagen Under Investigation

For the past year, federal regulators have been investigating shrapnel-shooting airbags, linked to at least eight deaths and hundreds of injuries. These devices, made by Takata, are used by 11 different automakers, but until this week, Volkswagen had not been part of the investigation. [More]

More Recalls Under A More Watchful Eye Is The “New Normal” For Auto Regulators

More Recalls Under A More Watchful Eye Is The “New Normal” For Auto Regulators

Back in January, newly appointed chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind predicted that 2015 could see even more recalls than the recallapalooza that was 2014.While, the 32.4 million cars recalled in the first eight months of the year still pales in comparison to the more than 63 million called back last year, Rosekind wasn’t completely off on his forecast – namely that the agency would take a less forgiving approach to possible safety defects. [More]

Volkswagen Recalls 420,000 Vehicles Over Non-Deployment Of Airbags

Volkswagen Recalls 420,000 Vehicles Over Non-Deployment Of Airbags

Automakers have recalled more vehicles for airbag issues in the last year than many of us can keep track of. Today, Volkswagen joined the long list, calling back some 420,000 sedans equipped with airbags that may not deploy. [More]

Britax recalled 213,000 car seats because they might not actually secure a child.

Britax Recalls 213,000 Car Seats Because They Might Not Secure The Child

Britax Child Safety Inc. initiated a recall this week of more than 213,000 car seats after finding buttons on the safety devices could fail, leaving a child essentially unsecured. [More]

Takata Plans To Launch Airbag Recall Notification Campaign

Takata Plans To Launch Airbag Recall Notification Campaign

Three months after Japanese auto parts maker Takata bowed to regulatory pressure and recalled 33.8 million vehicles equipped with shrapnel-shooting airbags responsible for at least eight deaths and hundreds of injuries, the company is launching an awareness campaign to ensure owners of affected vehicles are aware of the massive recall. [More]

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Regulators Investigating Harman Kardon After Remote Hack Of Jeep

UPDATE: A day after regulators announced they had opened an investigation into Harman Kardon to determine if vehicles – other than the recently recalled 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler models – equipped with certain infotainment systems were susceptible to remote hacks, the company assured investigators and consumers that the previously reported hack was an isolated incident. [More]

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320K Dodge Chargers Recalled Because Airbags Shouldn’t Deploy When The Door Shuts

For the past year, car makers have been plagued with airbag issues of some kind. Over the weekend Fiat Chrysler announced it was the latest company to encounter problems with the safety devices: unintended deployment when shutting a vehicle’s doors.  [More]

Regulators Deny Request For Investigation Into 5 Million Fiat Chrysler Vehicles

Regulators Deny Request For Investigation Into 5 Million Fiat Chrysler Vehicles

Following a probe into 23 safety recalls and 11 million cars – which resulted in a record-setting $105 million fine – it appears that Fiat Chrysler is getting a little bit of good news from federal regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to not open an investigation into nearly five million other vehicles over power system failures. [More]

Fiat Chrysler Loses Bid For New Trial In Wrongful Death Case Involving Jeep Fire

Fiat Chrysler Loses Bid For New Trial In Wrongful Death Case Involving Jeep Fire

Fiat Chrysler’s woes related to millions of Jeeps that could catch fire after being rear-ended continued today as a judge rejected the company’s request for a new a trial in the wrongful death case of a four-year-old boy. [More]

Fiat Chrysler Receives Record $105 Million Fine For Failure To Address 23 Recalls

Fiat Chrysler Receives Record $105 Million Fine For Failure To Address 23 Recalls

For the second time this year, federal regulators have handed down a record-setting fine to an automaker for failing to properly report and investigate possible defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration levied a $105 million fine against Fiat Chrysler, following months of investigations into the car maker’s leisurely pace in fixing more than 11 million vehicles connected to 23 safety recalls. [More]

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Ferrari Latest Automaker To Recall Vehicles For Possible Airbag Defect

While 11 automakers have already recalled millions of vehicles equipped with potentially deadly Takata-produced airbags, a twelfth car manufacturer announced it would also recall thousands of cars with safety devices supplied by the Japanese auto parts maker, although for a different, but still dangerous, reason. [More]

GM’s Colorado, Canyon Trucks Reportedly At Risk For Same Fire Issues As Recalled Hummers

GM’s Colorado, Canyon Trucks Reportedly At Risk For Same Fire Issues As Recalled Hummers

Following reports yesterday that General Motors knew that hundreds of thousands of Hummer vehicles were prone to fires because of potential electrical shorts before recalling the vehicles under the threat of an investigation by regulators, it now appears that two other models produced by the car maker may have the same issues, yet they remain on the road. [More]

Report: GM Threatened With Regulatory Investigation Before Issuing Recall For Fire-Prone Hummers

Report: GM Threatened With Regulatory Investigation Before Issuing Recall For Fire-Prone Hummers

Last week, General Motors announced that it would recall nearly 196,000 Hummer vehicles because simply turning on the heating or cooling system could set the car ablaze. While we reported that federal regulators had received nearly two dozen consumer complaints about the issue over the past seven years, a new report finds that the real number of reported incidents is much higher, and that GM may have continued to put off issuing the recall had it not been for threats of an investigation. [More]

Regulators Open Investigation Into Another Airbag Maker Over Possible Rupture Defect

Regulators Open Investigation Into Another Airbag Maker Over Possible Rupture Defect

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to investigate why millions of Takata-produced airbag inflators have a tendency to spew pieces of shrapnel with enough force to injure or kill occupants, the agency has opened a second probe into another airbag manufacturer for similar rupture issues. [More]