Center for Auto Safety

Calif. recall bill would tighten used-car loopholes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

California lawmakers are considering potentially precedent-setting legislation designed to protect consumers from unknowingly buying used vehicles that have been recalled but not repaired....
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GM’s Treasury bailout records shouldn’t be secret, U.S. judge told

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

The Treasury’s role in shielding General Motors from car lawsuits after a 2009 bailout of the automaker isn’t confidential and should be made public, the Center for Auto Safety told a federal judge....
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Jeep drivers still dying in gas tank fires 18 months into recall

6:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015

Eighteen months into a recall of Jeeps with exploding gas tanks, drivers of the affected models are still dying and more than 1 million of the vehicles remain unfixed....
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Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

6:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014

Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths....
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Takata recalls more defective airbag inflators prone to rupture

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014

Takata, adding to questions about the scope of defects in its products, made another 30,687 inflators with an incorrect part that can lead to damaging airbag ruptures in newer vehicles, U.S. regulators disclosed Saturday....
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Takata airbag recalls should include newer cars, watchdog says

8:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014

A watchdog group has asked federal regulators to broaden a defect investigation of Takata airbags to include more vehicles and to see whether replacements used in recalled vehicles are safe....
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GM lawsuit poses danger to future bailouts, Treasury says

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014

The Treasury Department says confidential information it received during the GM bailout should stay secret, otherwise at-risk companies needing government help in the future might not be willing to share data....
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Airbag investigators focus on metal shards sprayed at crashes

6:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014

More details are emerging about accidents involving Takata airbags -- and the horrific injuries and subsequent lawsuits that resulted from them. Takata, which accounts for about a quarter of all airbag inflators produced globally, is finding it far more difficult to silence safety questions....
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NHTSA apologizes as scrutiny in airbag case grows

10:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top official, facing heightened scrutiny over the agency’s handling of a deadly airbag defect, apologized late Wednesday for publishing inaccurate information this week in the agency’s warnings about the defect and for technical glitches that made its online recall search tool largely inaccessible....
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Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata airbags

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014

A fatal accident near Los Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata airbag -- the third death in the United States linked to a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier, according to local officials and the automaker....
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Honda starts audit of injury, death reports to U.S. regulator

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014

Honda asked a third party to determine whether the automaker underreported fatality and injury claims to federal regulators in the United States who are investigating airbag failures with potentially deadly defects....
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Chrysler SUVs, pickups and minivans subject of safety petition to U.S. regulators

9:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

A safety advocate group has petitioned federal regulators to open an investigation into an estimated 4.9 million Chrysler vehicles for issues that could lead to engine stalls and other problems, according to documents posted online by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Non-recall actions raise questions on safety info disclosure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

Big recalls by General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. in recent years raise questions about whether dangerous problems could lurk in little-noticed service bulletins or customer-satisfaction campaigns....
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THE GM RECALL

GM missed red flag from rental car firms on fatal crashes

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014

More than seven years before GM began the biggest wave of auto recalls in history, an investigator for Vanguard Car Rental contacted the carmaker about a fatal rollover crash in California. Vanguard wasn't alone. Records show Enterprise Holdings pressed the automaker about a potential Cobalt defect because airbags failed in routine crashes. Avis and Hertz also had Cobalts in their fleets that crashed....
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THE GM RECALL

GM asks judge to protect information sought by consumer advocate

4:31 pm U.S. ET | May 30, 2014

GM asked a federal judge in Washington to protect information related to its ignition-switch defect that a consumer-advocacy group sought from the United States Treasury, according to a filing on Friday....
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