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GM Recalling 145,628 Mid-Sized Pickups As Hood Latch Issue Could Cause Pop-Up Surprise

This week seems to be all about vehicle defects that could cause quite a nasty surprise on the road. Yesterday we heard about sunroofs shattering on Hyundai Velosters, and today General Motors announced it’s recalling 145,628 mid-sized pickups because the hood should not pop up unexpectedly while you’re driving. [More]

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Hyundai Recalls 13,500 Veloster Coupes Because Sitting Beneath A Shattered Sunroof Isn’t Fun

Driving along on a gorgeous day with the sunroof open is fantastic, which is ostensibly why the Hyundai Veloster Coupe and its panoramic sunroofs could be attractive to custoemrs. But having that closed sunroof shatter? Well that’s far from fantastic, which is why the car company is recalling 13,500 model year 2012 Velosters. [More]

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Toyota Will Pay A Record Fine Of $17.35M Over Delay In Reporting Safety Defects

Toyota says it will be paying out a record $17.35 million — the maximum fine allowably by law — after the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the company had delayed reporting a safety defect to the government. It’s the highest single civil penalty that’s ever been paid to the NHTS Afor violations that are a result of a recall. [More]

Safety Regulators Probing Older Jeeps For Potential To Catch Fire In Rear-Impact Crashes

Safety Regulators Probing Older Jeeps For Potential To Catch Fire In Rear-Impact Crashes

A preliminary investigation two years ago by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into whether older model Jeeps are at risk for fires has been recently expanded, prompting a new level in the probe that makes it likely that around 5.1 million vehicles could be recalled soon. [More]

NHTSA Investigates Engine Fire Reports In Pair Of Vehicles

NHTSA Investigates Engine Fire Reports In Pair Of Vehicles

Having a car that looks hot is one thing, but one that feels hot because its engine is on fire is another. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is looking into reports that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2010 Jeep Wrangler are suffering engine fires. The investigations could possibly lead to recalls, but there’s no action on that front as of yet. Both Chevy and Jeep say there have been no reports of injuries or deaths due to possible defects. [More]

Safety Regulators Investigating Claims Of Sticky Throttles In Ford Tauruses

Safety Regulators Investigating Claims Of Sticky Throttles In Ford Tauruses

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into claims that 2005-2006 Ford Tauruses are having acceleration problems, reminding us that the Ford Taurus still exists. Those cars have been around so long, it’s more like, dino-taurus! Am I right? [More]

NHTSA Postpones Rearview Camera Requirement For New Vehicles

A rule that would require all new automobiles to include a rearview back-up camera by 2014 has been postponed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was expected that the new regulation would have been announced today, but instead, the agency said they need to look into the matter more before finalizing it. [More]

NHTSA Says Don't Worry About Your Chevy Volt Erupting Into Flames More Than Other Cars

NHTSA Says Don't Worry About Your Chevy Volt Erupting Into Flames More Than Other Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is shutting the books on its recent safety investigation into Chevrolet Volt battery packs when a few erupted into flames after crash tests. The verdict: Chevy Volts are just as likely to explode as any other cars. [More]

Get The Government To Email You About Car Recalls

Get The Government To Email You About Car Recalls

If your car manufacturer thinks your engine might catch on fire, it’s better to know sooner rather than later. You can streamline the process for discovering any car recalls by signing up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Recall Notification by Email program. [More]

Chevy To Fix Every Volt Vehicle To Prevent Battery Fires

Chevy To Fix Every Volt Vehicle To Prevent Battery Fires

Late last year it was revealed that the Dept. of Transportation was looking into possible problems with the batteries in electric vehicles after a Chevy Volt caught fire following a crash test. Now it looks like General Motors will spend the next few months upgrading the battery containment and coolant systems in every Volt currently on the road. [More]

NHTSA Investigating Electric Vehicle Batteries Following Chevy Volt Fire

NHTSA Investigating Electric Vehicle Batteries Following Chevy Volt Fire

As mass-produced plug-in electric vehicles continue to roll off assembly lines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking a closer look at the batteries that power these cars following an incident in which a Chevy Volt caught fire three weeks after undergoing a NHTSA side-impact crash test. [More]

What's Worse Than Missing A Cool Text? How About Involuntary Manslaughter?

What's Worse Than Missing A Cool Text? How About Involuntary Manslaughter?

Pull over if you’re driving and need to respond to or send a text message. Otherwise, that witty reply can wait. Because death won’t. [More]

GM Introduces First Front-Center Air Bag

GM Introduces First Front-Center Air Bag

In an effort to protect folks in the front seat during side impact crashes, General Motors announced earlier today that it plans to introduce the industry’s first front-center air bag in three of its vehicles starting with model year 2013. [More]

NHTSA: Hybrids & Electric Vehicles Are Silent But (Possibly) Deadly To Pedestrians

NHTSA: Hybrids & Electric Vehicles Are Silent But (Possibly) Deadly To Pedestrians

One of the first things most people notice when driving or riding in a hybrid or electric vehicle is just how much quieter the engine is compared to your standard gasoline engine. But the folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are worried that these cars might be a little too quiet for passing pedestrians. Thus, NHTSA is looking for ways these vehicles can alert pedestrians to their presence. [More]

DOT & Disney Team Up To Fight Distracted Driving, Promote New Movie

DOT & Disney Team Up To Fight Distracted Driving, Promote New Movie

The Department of Transportation’s campaign against distracted driving is becoming animated. Literally. [More]

NHTSA Investigating 2.7 Million Ford F-150s For Potential Fuel Tank Problems

NHTSA Investigating 2.7 Million Ford F-150s For Potential Fuel Tank Problems

It’s been a bad spring for the Ford F-150 pickup truck brand. First, there was the recall of around 1.3 million vehicles for faulty airbags. Now comes news that NHTSA is investigating a problem with rusting fuel tank straps that could impact 2.7 million F-150 trucks. [More]

NHTSA Looking Into 865,000 GM SUVs Over Screwy Fuel Gauges

NHTSA Looking Into 865,000 GM SUVs Over Screwy Fuel Gauges

Given the price of gas these days, it really helps to have an accurate fuel gauge on your vehicle. It certainly doesn’t help to have a gauge that gives inaccurate or completely random readings. But enough GM drivers have complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about this problem for the agency to open an investigation. [More]

Ford Adds Another 1.2 Million Trucks To F-150 Airbag Recall

Ford Adds Another 1.2 Million Trucks To F-150 Airbag Recall

Remember when NHTSA suggested that Ford should recall 1.3 million F-150 trucks over airbag concerns? Probably not, because the car company only chose to recall around 150,000 of them. Well after further conversations with regulators, it appears that all those trucks Ford had originally decided didn’t merit a recall… they do now. [More]