Fiat Chrysler Hit with 2nd Massive NHTSA Civil Penalty over Vehicle Safety Issues

For the second time this year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Fiat) has been issued a multi-million dollar fine by regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The latest penalty, which totals $70 million, is for Fiat’s failures to “report legally required safety data” (per the TREAD Act of 2000). This data is used by regulators to evaluate when vehicle safety issues may warrant Read More

5-Star Vehicle Rating System Getting Revamped to Bring It into Modern Age, DOT Says

DOT regulators recently announced that they are proposing some significant changes to the 5-Star Vehicle Rating system, also known as the New Car Assessment Program. These proposed updates, which are all intended to provide better safety information to consumers, will also reportedly bring the Rating system into the modern age. Here are some of the main changes regulators are proposing to the Rating system at this Read More

Takata Airbag Recall News: NHTSA Issues Takata a $200 Million Fine, Largest Fine in NHTSA History

  Takata has just been hit with a massive civil penalty from transportation regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As the NHTSA announced earlier today, Takata has been ordered to pay a record-breaking $200 million dollars – the single highest fine the NHTSA has ever issued in its more than 40 years of existence – for violating the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVS Act). As Read More

Hyundai Recall Issued Due to Manufacturing Problems that Can Cause Engine Failure

About 470,000 Hyundai Sonata sedans are currently the subject of a recall due to issues that can result in engine failure. According to Hyundai, the sedans include 2011 & 2012 models that have a 2- or 2.4-liter gas engines. A Closer Look at the Issue/Defect The issue that could cause engines to stall is related to an older connecting rod bearing, which could: Restrict the flow of oil to the connecting rod Read More

Toyota Recalls 6.5 Million Vehicles Due to Window Switch Defect that Can Cause Fires

  Days ago, the Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it is recalling about 6.5 million vehicles throughout the world due to window switch defects that can cause vehicle fires. While the vast majority of the impacted vehicles – about 2.7 million vehicles – are located in North America, an estimated 2 million are in the U.S. Background on the Recall & the Window Switch Defect According to Toyota, the window Read More

GM Recalls 32,000 SUVs due to Defect that Can Cause Vehicle Fires

Do NOT use the windshield wipers on 2016 Buick Enclaves, Chevrolet Traverses and GMC Acadia sports utility vehicles (SUVs), General Motors is now warning Americans. That is because the wipers on these new SUVs are susceptible to electrical shorts that could cause fires, the major automaker has explained. This problem led to GM announcing a recall yesterday for about 32,000 of its 2016 SUVs. According to officials, Read More

NHTSA Investigates Possible Failures in Recent Nissan Airbag Recall

More than 830,000 Nissan vehicles that were subject to a November 2014 airbag recall may require additional fixes, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned last week. The potential issue is that the recall may not have remedied the problem that was preventing the passenger-side airbags from deploying in an accident. According to the NHTSA, the defect involved a computer problem Read More

About 19 Million Defective Takata Airbags in U.S. Have Not Yet Been Fixed, NHTSA Reports

Of the 23.4 million defective Takata airbag inflators estimated to be present in vehicles in the U.S., only about 4.4 million have been replaced or fixed to date, federal regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported at the beginning of this month. This airbag recall, which is one of the largest and most complicated vehicle equipment recalls in U.S. history, seems to be Read More