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OIG Report on NHTSA Light Passenger Vehicle Recalls
NHTSA’s process for monitoring for light passenger vehicle recalls lacks documentation and management controls, and does not ensure that remedies are reported completely and in a timely manner. The Agency also does not verify recall completion rates, although it has the authority to do so, and it lacks sufficient management controls to ensure staff assess risk when deciding whether to use oversight tools to improve recall completion rates. Finally, while NHTSA expanded its oversight of the Takata recalls in 2015, by increasing the reporting requirements for manufacturers, it did not follow its own procedures to address low recall completion rates for earlier Takata recalls. Overall, inadequate controls and processes for verifying and collecting manufacturer-reported information have hindered NHTSA’s ability to oversee safety recall implementation.

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Consumer Safety Advisory Issued: Ford and Mazda Expand 'Do Not Drive Warning'
NHTSA: Ford and Mazda announced today that they are expanding their 'do not drive warning' to include additional MY 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks with defective Takata air bags based on new testing. These vehicles have defective Takata air bags that are an immediate risk to safety. Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford and Mazda immediately to schedule a free repair. Ford and Mazda have replacement air bags available now and will tow vehicles to a local dealership for repair, and provide loaner vehicles - all free of charge. 

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Understanding Vehicle Recalls
Good Ratings for 5 Small SUVs in Passenger-Side Small Overlap Crash Test

IIHS: In a new round of evaluations, 5 of 7 small SUVs earn good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for occupant protection in a passenger-side small overlap front crash.

The ratings bring to 16 the number of small SUVs the Institute has evaluated in the passenger-side small overlap front test, which was introduced in 2017 to encourage manufacturers to offer the same level of protection for front-seat passengers as drivers in this type of crash.

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How Do I Check for Recalls?
Checking for recalls is simple but essential. Take these four steps toward a safer vehicle.
  1. Find your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The 17-character VIN is like your vehicle’s Social Security Number. It’s a unique code that identifies a car or truck. It’s on a label inside your driver’s side doorjamb. Or, while standing outside the vehicle at the driver’s side door, look down at where the windshield meets the dashboard. You’ll find the VIN stamped under the glass. You might also find it on your car’s registration or your insurance documents.
  2. Search using your VIN at NHTSA.gov/Recalls. Your search will tell you if there’s an open safety recall affecting your vehicle and what steps to take.
  3. Get your vehicle repaired immediately if you have an open recall. Follow the steps indicated by your VIN search. Your vehicle’s manufacturer is required by law to address your recall—and to do it for free.
  4. Sign up for free safety recall e-mails. Visit https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/subscriptions and sign up for NHTSA’s recall notifications, which will alert you about recalls for your vehicle, tires, or child car seats. This service is free.

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Takata Air Bag Recall FAQs
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A Winter Driving Tire Safety Check-Up

Transportation.gov: Did you know that there are 11,000 tire-related crashes each year? We here at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration want to make sure you have the tools to avoid a crash. Your safety is our top priority.

Tire Facts

  • Only 19% of consumers properly check and inflate their tires.
  • 1 in 4 cars have at least one tire that is significantly underinflated.
  • Tires lose about 1 psi (pound per square inch) of pressure each month. So be sure to check your tires monthly.

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CAPS Completes Vehicle Defect Study; Tires are Biggest Problem

A recent study of vehicle defects using Alabama data determined that defective tires are the number one cause of all vehicle defect caused crashes.  See the detailed report -- Click the link at the top of the left panel.

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Check to Protect
NSC: Check To Protect urges all vehicle owners to check for open recalls. It's free, quick, easy, and helps protect you and your family. But only if you get your recall repaired. Don't put off fixing a recall.


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Vehicle Defect IMPACT Analysis PDF
The high level analysis of vehicles in general for vehicle defects showed a high correlation of the defect type and the vehicle type, which is expected since certain defects apply only to trucks.  Thus, the study was divided into two separate analyses, one for large trucks and the other for passenger cars.  To a large extent large trucks are already inspected by the FMCSA and the ALEA Motor Carriers Unit.  The passenger car analysis showed that tires account for over 70% of the fatal crashes caused by vehicle defects in cars, and that speed is a major co-factor.

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Feds Expand Probe Into Possible Carbon Monoxide Leaks in Ford SUVs
NBC News: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it’s expanding its investigation into reports of carbon monoxide leaks in some Ford SUVs.

The agency said it is now looking into 791 complaints of Ford Explorers model years 2011-2017. That’s up from the initial 154 complaints regulators began investigating a year ago in model years 2011-2015. A report from the NHTSA says an additional 2,051 complaints were lodged with the manufacturer. There have been 41 reported injuries, the NHTSA said.

The potential carbon monoxide exposure in the SUVs has drawn pointed scrutiny in Austin, Texas, where the police department has already pulled more than 60 of its vehicles from the streets. A modified version of the Ford Explorer, called a Police Interceptor Vehicle, is popular with law enforcement agencies across the country.

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Feds Move to Quicken Pace of Takata Air Bag Repairs
The Detroit News: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is moving to accelerate the pace of repairs to cars that have faulty air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata.

The agency said Friday that Takata must provide replacement parts “on an accelerated basis and made available first to the riskiest vehicles.” Nearly 70 million air bags with defective inflators have been recalled. Flying shrapnel from exploding inflators made by the company has been tied to 11 deaths and approximately 180 injuries in the United States, and at least one more death outside the U.S.

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Car-Stealing 'Mystery Device' Uncovered
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has gotten hold of a “mystery device” that thieves have been spotted on security cameras using to electronically open and start cars.

The organization says that it obtained it through an outside security expert who purchased it overseas. It describes it as a “relay attack” unit that was originally designed for manufacturers to test the security of their wireless systems, but it and others like it have made their way into criminal hands, and handmade versions have also been discovered.


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Safe Cars Save Lives – Check For Recalls
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Daylight Savings Time is Around the Corner
NHTSA: Daylight savings time is around the corner. Families everywhere will be turning back the clock and checking other safety essentials around the house, like smoke detector batteries. We’d like to encourage Americans to add checking their vehicles for open recalls to their safety checklist. So many of us spend hours in the car commuting to work, driving to school, sports, etc. A quick safety check that takes a couple of minutes can help keep everyone safe on the road. We know: "Safe Cars Save Lives."

We’d like you to encourage your followers to use NHTSA’s VIN Look-Up tool on SaferCar.gov at least twice a year to see if any of their vehicles are under a recall. To help remember, time the recall check with daylight saving time—every November when setting clocks back and every March when setting clocks forward.

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The Hidden, Potentially Deadly Dangers of Keyless Car Ignition Systems


[NBC] Safety experts warn that keyless ignition systems are leading to an increasing number of drivers accidentally leaving their cars running - filling their homes with deadly fumes.

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