Tag Archives: Auto Safety

Automotive safety agency slow to open investigations

by The Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle

The Associated Press reviewed all 15 petitions filed by drivers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since 2010 and found the agency missed the legal deadline to grant or deny the requests 12 times. The agency has been criticized for failing to connect the dots among thousands of consumer complaints it received last decade about small GM cars with defective ignition switches. GM finally recalled the cars this year. The faulty switches have been linked to at least 13 deaths. Read More ›

Honda expands recall by up to 1 million cars

by Chris Woodyard, USA Today

The single shrapnel-spewing deployment of an air bag in an old Accord has led Honda, Honda, one of eight automakers caught up in the recalls of Takata air bags, to expand its recall by 500,000 to 1 million vehicles. The expansion is limited to cars in California. The air bags can rupture with too much force when a crash occurs. When they do, they spew metal chunks that can injure a car’s occupants. Read More ›

GM has officially recalled more vehicles in 2014 than it has sold in the last 7 years

by Ashlee Kieler, Consumerist

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On Monday, the company announced the recall of 7.6 million vehicles in the United States – most of them for the same inadvertent ignition key rotation that has been linked to at least three fatalities. So far in 2014, GM has recalled nearly 25 million vehicles in the United States through more than 50 recall campaigns. A quick look at GM’s sales records for the past ten years shows that the company has now officially recalled in the first six months of 2014 more cars that it has sold from 2007 to 2013. Read More ›

SB 686: Drive to stop sale of recalled cars runs out of gas

A scandalous and possibly unprecedented year for automobile recalls wasn’t enough to persuade the Assembly Business Professions and Consumer Protection Committee to maintain SB 686’s safety drive; the measure went down to defeat June 17. “This Legislature just wasn’t up to standing up to the car dealers,” said Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, the organization that sponsored the bill. She vowed to continue to press the issue.
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California bill would require recalled cars be repaired before sale

by David Undercoffler & Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times

Used cars that get recalled by manufacturers need to be fixed before they’re sold. That’s what a bill pending in the California Legislature would require of all new and used car dealers in the state. And with 2014 on pace to break the auto industry records for most recalls in a year, the bill is taking on more urgency, supporters said Tuesday at a news conference. A vast majority of those recalls involve older vehicles. Read More ›

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