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NHTSA Daylight's Savings Recall Campaign
With Daylight saving time coming up, the NHTSA is urging vehicle owners to check their vehicles for open recalls.

To find out more, use the NHTSA VIN Lookup Tool to see if your vehicle is under recall.

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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
Check for Vehicle Recalls by VIN Number or by Make & Model - Click Here

Twitter: #Recalls  and #CheckForRecalls

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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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8 Automakers Recall over 12 Million Vehicles for Takata Air Bags

Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

Documents detailing recalls by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Ferrari and Mitsubishi were posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

They're part of a massive expansion of Takata air bag recalls announced earlier this month. Seventeen automakers are adding 35 million-to-40 million inflators to what already was the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

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Takata Recall Expansion - What Consumers Need to Know

Takata Recall Expansion - What Consumers Need to Know

As part of NHTSA’s mission to help Americans drive, ride, and walk safely, the agency is expanding the recall of Takata air bag inflators to include an additional estimated 35-40 million inflators. This is in addition to the 28.8 million Takata inflators already under recall, more than a quarter of which have been repaired.

Vehicles included in this expanded recall are not yet searchable using the agency’s Recalls Lookup Tool. That information will be made available as soon as the automakers load that data into the system.

NHTSA is taking this action because there is new data that shows why these air bag inflators fail. NHTSA's goal is to ensure that Americans are safe in their vehicles. Failures of Takata air bag inflators have been tied to ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States. 

Here is what you, the consumer, need to know:

  • The Takata inflators do not pose an unreasonable risk to safety when they are installed in a new vehicle or for several years afterward. 
  • Over time, the combined effect of moisture and heat cause the inflators to degrade—at varying rates in different conditions—to a point where they are no longer safe and should be replaced.
  • Not every Takata air bag is at risk of failure today. NHTSA’s actions are designed to make sure that air bag inflators are recalled and replaced before they ever become a risk to vehicle occupants.

In addition to distributing recall information, NHTSA is also making sure that vehicle owners get safe replacement inflators installed in their vehicles. Because replacement inflators need to be specifically engineered for each affected vehicle model, it will take time before all recalled inflators will be able to be replaced.

NHTSA is working with the industry to accelerate the production of replacement supplies and continuing to require vehicle manufacturers to prioritize the replacement of the riskiest vehicles.

What you can do now:

  • Regularly check SaferCar.gov for information about any open recall on your vehicle and what you can do to have it fixed free of charge.
  • Sign up for NHTSA’s Recall Alerts to receive e-mail notification if your vehicle is recalled.
  • Attend to recalls immediately. If you are notified that your vehicle is under recall and a remedy is available, contact your dealer to schedule a repair and get your vehicle fixed at no cost.

NHTSA will remain focused on the Takata recalls because the issue is so urgent. This spring, the United States had the tenth confirmed fatality due to a rupture of a recalled inflator. Recently, Honda announced that there have been two more fatalities in Malaysia due to ruptures of Takata air bag inflators. NHTSA will continue its vigilance to ensure that Americans are safe in their cars, but we need your help to get the information out to consumers. Forward, post, tweet, snap, or e-mail this message to your friends, family, and followers. Let’s get this information out to the public together. 

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Latest Information from NHTSA on Takata Air-bag Recalls


NHTSA expands and accelerates

Takata air bag inflator recall

May 4, 2016 The expansion will phase in a recall of an additional 35-40 million inflators through 2019. The decision follows the agency’s confirmation of the root cause behind the inflators’ propensity to rupture. The five recall phases are based on prioritization of risk, determined by the age of the inflators and exposure to high humidity, and fluctuating high temperatures that accelerate the degradation of the chemical propellant.

These phases will occur between May 2016 and December 2019. The expansions mean that all Takata ammonium nitrate-based propellant driver and passenger frontal air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent, also known as a desiccant, will be recalled.

Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been tied to ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States.

Read the news release | Complete information about the Takata air bag inflator recall here.

Please sign up for NHTSA’s Recall Alerts to be notified when you can search for all vehicles affected by this recall using the Recalls Lookup Tool.

FAQs for Keyless Ignition Systems - NHTSA
Keyless Ignition

More and more manufacturers are adding Keyless Ignition Systems to their vehicles, which usually consist of a device (also known as a key fob or a FOB) carried by the driver, taking over the functions of a traditional metal key.

NHTSA's concerns are drivers who may:

  • Not put their vehicles in "park" and walk away from the vehicle, leaving it prone to roll away; or
  • Put their vehicle in park, but inadvertently leave the system active increasing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in a closed environment; or
  • Not know how to shut down the system of their vehicle in the event of any on-road emergency.

Click here to view our new video and FAQs to get to know this technology better.


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NHTSA Safety Campaign
Vehicle Recall Safety

NHTSA Vehicle Recall Safety Campaign

NHTSA manages vehicle safety recalls, sets vehicle safety standards, and requires automakers to recall vehicles that have safety defects or do not meet those standards.

If your car has a recall, get it fixed - it could save a life. Also, check your car for recalls at least twice a year, and sign up to receive alerts about new recalls at:
- safercar.gov/checkforrecalls

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November 3, 2015: Latest news on Takata air bag inflator recalls

NHTSA imposes $200 million civil
penalty on Takata, accelerates recalls to get safe air bags into U.S. vehicles

November 3, 2015: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today issued two orders regarding defective Takata air bag inflators. The orders impose the largest civil penalty in NHTSA’s history for Takata’s violations,  and for the first time use NHTSA’s authority to accelerate recall repairs to millions of affected vehicles. The actions also prioritize recalls so the greatest safety risks are addressed first, and set deadlines for future recalls of other Takata inflators that use a suspect propellant unless they are proved to be safe.

“Today, we are holding Takata responsible for its failures, and we are taking strong action to protect the traveling public,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “We are accelerating Takata recalls to get safe air bags into American vehicles more quickly, ensuring that consumers at the greatest risk are protected, and addressing the long-term risk of Takata’s use of a suspect propellant.”

The Consent Order issued to Takata imposes a record civil penalty of $200 million and requires the company to phase out the manufacture and sale of inflators that use phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate propellant, which is believed to be a factor in explosive ruptures that have caused 7 deaths and nearly 100 injuries in the United States. The Consent Order also lays out a schedule for recalling all Takata ammonium nitrate inflators now on the roads unless the company can prove they are safe or can show it has determined why its inflators are prone to rupture.

If you want to receive up-to-the-minute email notifications only when there is new information on the Takata recall microsite, you can subscribe for an alert.

All VINs Affected by Takata Recalls Now Searchable

All VINs Affected by Takata Recalls Now Searchable 

The Takata air bag recall is one of the largest and most complex product recalls in history. That’s why we’re sharing this special update with you: all of the vehicle identification numbers, or VINs, affected by the Takata recall are now loaded into our VIN Lookup Tool on our website, SaferCar.gov.

This means that consumers can find out if their vehicle is part of the Takata recall by simply searching with a vehicle identification number, or VIN, on our website. But we need your help: consumers need to know about this free tool available to them. The VIN Lookup Tool is simple to use and will inform consumers about all open recalls on their vehicle. With the Takata recall, this tool is more important than ever.

Here’s some background information on the recall to share with your followers and fellow bloggers:

Last month, Takata announced a national recall of certain types of driver and passenger side air bag inflators. These inflators were made with a propellant that can degrade over time and has led to ruptures that have been blamed for seven deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. This recall involves 11 different vehicle makes and roughly 34 million vehicles. That’s millions of people who urgently need to know what steps they should take in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. You can find the full list of makes affected by the Takata recall on our Recalls Spotlight page.

With your help in sharing this safety announcement, you can reach people who may not know that they’re affected by this recall. And, if they’re not under the Takata recall, there may be other open recalls that pertain to their vehicles. Every recall is a serious safety matter, and should always be addressed as soon as possible.

Another great tool is our new video, Understanding Vehicle Recalls. The video explains what to expect if a car is recalled and what to do next. Registering for recall updates on vehicle, tires, or car seats can also keep consumers notified about recalls that matter to them.

The NHTSA VIN Lookup Tool now has all of the Takata affected VINs loaded for searching. Share this message with your followers and help us reach those who may not know if their vehicle is subject to this safety recall.

Don’t forget to follow NHTSA’s new handle for all recall updates, NHTSArecalls.

Forward this on to your followers/readers and encourage anyone interested in vehicle safety to join our conversation on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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Our Understanding Vehicle Recalls video is in an easy to view place: NHTSA's SaferCarTV YouTube channel. Additional videos for other safety messaging, such as Rearview Video Systems and Pedal Error, can be found on our YouTube page.


SaferCar App Can Help Keep Your Family Safe

Check out our SaferCar app for your mobile device, which gives you immediate access to key safety information to help you make informed decisions, with features including:

Help with car seats: Quickly get driving directions to the nearest child-seat inspection station and get assistance to properly install car seats and boosters.

Information for buying a car:Access our 5-Star Safety Ratings and compare different makes and models before you decide to buy.

Stay connected: Be notified of safety issues for your vehicles. Use the app to register a vehicle and we will notify you if we find it has a safety issue. The SaferCar app also makes it simple to submit complaints to NHTSA regarding possible safety problems with your car.

Safety headlines and alerts:Receive important news and information from NHTSA, as well as recall notices and push notices on your vehicles.

>> Download Android version from google Play

>> Download Apple version from the iTunes store

Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Advises Owners of Certain Vehicles to Take Safety Precautions
WASHINGTON – In response to Ford Motor Company’s recall of approximately 390,000 Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises owners of affected vehicles to watch for notification from Ford  READ MORE