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]

Toyota Recalls 2.17 Million Cars, NHTSA Closes Investigation

Toyota Recalls 2.17 Million Cars, NHTSA Closes Investigation

At the request of regulators, Toyota is recalling an additional 2.17 million cars dating back to 2003 to deal with concerns over stuck gas pedals that could lead to out-of-control acceleration. And with that, it looks like NHTSA, the National Highway Transportation Administration, has shut the books on the unintended acceleration issue. [More]

Ford Recalls 150,000 F-150 Trucks Over Airbag Concerns

Ford Recalls 150,000 F-150 Trucks Over Airbag Concerns

Denis Leary may shout about how crazy smart the engineers at Ford are in those irritating TV ads, but those engineers apparently weren’t smart enough to include an airbag that might not deploy without warning in the F-150 pickup. [More]

Evenflo Recalls Maestro Car Seat After Failing Consumer Reports Test

Evenflo Recalls Maestro Car Seat After Failing Consumer Reports Test

After a crash test commissioned by our test-happy kin at Consumer Reports on the Evenflo Maestro Combination Booster Seat showed the product could experience a failure that could lead to severe injury for a child passenger, the company has announced a voluntary recall. [More]

139,500 Hyundai Sonatas Recalled

139,500 Hyundai Sonatas Recalled

Hyundai recalled 139,500 model year 2011 Sonatas this Sunday because of a steering issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) said that on some of the cars, the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections were not put together correctly, or were too loose, which could make the car hard or impossible to steer. [More]

Should Seat Belts Be Required On The Bus?

Should Seat Belts Be Required On The Bus?

Riding the bus is a relatively safe way to get from point A to B, but a new proposal under consideration by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would seek to make it even safer by requiring new motorcoaches — as opposed to municipal or school buses — to provide seat belts for all passengers on board. [More]

More Subpoenas For Toyota! This Time It's Steering Rods

More Subpoenas For Toyota! This Time It's Steering Rods

Five years ago Toyota had a problem with their steering rods. Now a federal grand jury would like to see records relating to whether or not the company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the problem in a timely fashion, says the WSJ. [More]

Early Tests Show Some Runaway Toyotas Caused By Driver Error

Early Tests Show Some Runaway Toyotas Caused By Driver Error

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that, according to an anonymous source, preliminary analysis at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that most unintended acceleration incidents involving now-recalled Toyota vehicles were due to driver error. [More]