NHTSA Launches Online Search Tool So Consumers Can Find Out For Themselves If A Vehicle Has Been Recalled

NHTSA Launches Online Search Tool So Consumers Can Find Out For Themselves If A Vehicle Has Been Recalled

With more than 46 million vehicles having been recalled so far this year, the thought of accidentally purchasing a used car with safety defects might be a bit nerve-wracking for consumers. A new online search tool from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aims to take the worry and guess-work out of whether or not a used car has been recalled and fixed. [More]

Ford Recalls 83,000 Vehicles Because Losing Power Or Rolling Away Isn’t A Perk

Ford Recalls 83,000 Vehicles Because Losing Power Or Rolling Away Isn’t A Perk

Another day, another round of cars that might roll away even if they appear to be in the “park” position. This time Ford is recalling more than 83,000 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power to roll away. [More]

Hyundai Fined $17.35M For Failing To Issue Brake Recall For More Than A Year

Hyundai Fined $17.35M For Failing To Issue Brake Recall For More Than A Year

If we’ve learned anything this year it’s that vehicle recalls are a big deal, and, as a car manufacturer, ignoring signs of a recall will most certainly land you in hot water with U.S. regulators. And so, Hyundai will pay more than $17 million for delaying a recall related to defective brakes. [More]

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Hyundai Recalls 880,000 Sonatas Because When You Put The Car In Park It Shouldn’t Continue To Move

One would assume that when shifting a vehicle into park that means all forward and backward motions of the vehicle have ceased. That apparently wasn’t the case for some Hyundai vehicles that are now being recalled in the United States and Puerto Rico for a transmission issue. [More]

Regulators Investigating Hyundai Because Seatbelts And Airbags Are Supposed To Work

Regulators Investigating Hyundai Because Seatbelts And Airbags Are Supposed To Work

Since there’s no point in having seatbelts or airbags in a car if they don’t function when needed, the National Highway Traffic Administration is looking into an issue that could knock out these safety features in some Hyundai vehicles. [More]

GM Hasn’t Recalled Millions Of Trucks And SUVs Despite Four-Year Investigation Into Brake Line Failures

GM Hasn’t Recalled Millions Of Trucks And SUVs Despite Four-Year Investigation Into Brake Line Failures

Although General Motors appears to a be on a safety recall-announcing spree, it has resisted recalling 1.8 million trucks and SUVs despite a four-year long investigation by federal regulators into an issue that can cause the brake lines to fail. While brake failures could lead to crashes –which one would assume is a safety issue – the manufacturer maintains the problem is a simply matter of routine maintenace [More]

Regulators Question Chrylser’s Slow-Moving Pace To Fix Jeeps Recalled In 2013

Regulators Question Chrylser’s Slow-Moving Pace To Fix Jeeps Recalled In 2013

Following criticism for a lack of action in the recent General Motors ignition switch defect, federal regulators aren’t holding anything back when it comes to keeping car manufacturers accountable for fixing safety issues on their vehicles in a timely manner. Or so it appears after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a hard deadline for Chrysler to answer for delays in fixing vehicles affected by a recall last year. [More]

Regulators Open Investigation Into Dodge Ram Because Locking Wheels Are A Cause For Concern

Regulators Open Investigation Into Dodge Ram Because Locking Wheels Are A Cause For Concern

For the second time in as many months the Dodge Ram is at the center of a probe by U.S. regulators. This time an issue with the truck’s fastener can cause the rear axle to lock or detach, and in some cases cause the vehicle to enter an uncontrolled spin. [More]

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Graco Recalls Harness Buckles On 1.9 Million Infant Car Seats

It’s not a great week for Graco: Hot on the heels of Consumer Reports’ announcement that one of its strollers is a safety risk, the company says it’s recalling the harness buckles on 1.9 million infant car seats, due to difficulty opening the buckle. [More]

NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Fiat Chrysler Ignition Switch Issues

NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Fiat Chrysler Ignition Switch Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is having a busy summer: The regulators on Wednesday opened two investigations into alleged ignition switch defects, this time related to several Fiat Chrysler minivans and sport utility vehicles. [More]

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NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Defective Airbags Following Numerous Recalls

Just a day after Toyota re-issued a 2013 recall because shrapnel could fly toward passengers when the airbag deploys, federal regulators opened an investigation into whether the airbags used by five automakers could hurt people in the event of a crash. [More]

NHTSA Investigating Why Jeep Airbags Continue To Deploy On Their Own

NHTSA Investigating Why Jeep Airbags Continue To Deploy On Their Own

When a car manufacturer initiates a recall and provides a remedy for the issue, you assume that fix is going to stick. But that may not be the case for the 2012 airbag-related recall of two Jeep models, as federal regulators are investigating why Chrysler’s fix has not eliminated the problem. [More]

NHTSA Probing Possible Brake Failure Issue On 200K Nissan Vehicles

NHTSA Probing Possible Brake Failure Issue On 200K Nissan Vehicles

When depressing the brake pedal, you expect your car to slow down, stop and then stay stopped until you lift your foot. But that apparently isn’t happening in some Nissan vehicles and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated an investigation into the issue. [More]

Following Death Of Child, NHTSA Investigating Dodge Ram Ignition Switch

Following Death Of Child, NHTSA Investigating Dodge Ram Ignition Switch

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation into a possible Chrysler Group pickup truck ignition-switch defect that has resulted in one fatality. [More]

GM Recalls 2.7 Million Vehicles For Brake, Taillight, Windshield-Wiper And Other Issues

GM Recalls 2.7 Million Vehicles For Brake, Taillight, Windshield-Wiper And Other Issues

In an attempt to show the public, and federal regulators, that safety is of the utmost importance, General Motors issued five new recalls Thursday for a total 2.7 million vehicles. [More]

Why Every Driver Should Care About The GM Ignition Recall

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The massive ongoing recall of General Motors vehicles with faulty ignition switches (and the dozen years the company spent not issuing a recall) has made headlines, launched lawsuits, angered legislators, but many consumers who don’t own a recalled car have shrugged and said, “Glad I don’t drive one of them.” [More]

Citing 13 Fatalities, GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall To 1.37 Million Vehicles

Citing 13 Fatalities, GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall To 1.37 Million Vehicles

When General Motors announced its recall of hundreds of thousands of Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles for concerns about the ignition switch, it said the defect was tied to as many as six fatalities. Now the car company says the recall is significantly larger than originally believed and that a total of 13 people may have died as a result of the defect. [More]

Aston Martin Recalling 17,590 Cars Because You Didn’t Pay $240K For A Luxury Paper Weight

Aston Martin Recalling 17,590 Cars Because You Didn’t Pay $240K For A Luxury Paper Weight

There might not be many of you out there reading in Consumerist land who can afford/have the desire to buy an Aston Martin — after all, the luxury vehicles cost anywhere between $117,000 to $240,000, depending on the model. But if you’re one of the 5,001 owners in America of certain models, you probably want it to be able to accelerate. [More]