• Mar 4, 2006

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking a second look at Audi A6-family models. Last March, the agency recalled some 173,000 A6, S6, and Allroad models after reports of dashboard fires, but it has since heard of more incidents, and is thus revisiting the issue.

NHTSA is also checking in to some 700,000 Ford Super Duties (MY 1999-2001) after 31 complaints of stalling engines that resulted in three low-speed accidents.

In addition to the potentially leak-prone gas tanks NHTSA announced it was investigating on Tuesday, NHTSA is reviewing an existing recall of approximately 38,000 2004 Chrysler Pacificas, also due to stalling engines. The agency has received 60 complaints covering 2004-2006 examples, so it is re-opening the books on the problem.

Finally, NHTSA is turning its gaze to 2004-2005 Toyota Siennas equipped with run-flat tires after 12 owners complained that the tire pressure warning system failed to do its thing.

[Source: Associated Press via Los Angeles Times]

 

 



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      Gary Motelson
      • 8 Years Ago
      The acting head of NHTSA is the former Corp Counsel for one of those manufacturers. Who's intare they looking out for? NHTSA is a farce. The manufacturers pay with funds, the public pays with lives.

      Thank you President Bush.

      We need Ms. Claybrook back at the helm with her hands untied.
      Gary Motelson
      • 8 Years Ago
      The acting head of NHTSA is the former Corp Counsel for one of those manufacturers. Who's intare they looking out for? NHTSA is a farce. The manufacturers pay with funds, the public pays with lives.

      Thank you President Bush.

      We need Ms. Claybrook back at the helm with her hands untied.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sooner or later car manufacturers will learn it's cheaper to design and build them right in the first place, and to fix problems customers bring to them so they don't complain to the government.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cars don't kill people. Lousy drivers kill people.

      Recall have reached the point where they're just costing us all more money and not really raising the safety bar in any meaningful way.
      far jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Cars don't kill people. Lousy drivers kill people."

      #3 Leo, Unless it is a Ford with a recalled switch that burns the vehicle, house, and all occupants... Or perhaps a Toyota Avalon with a recalled steering column that comes detached at 70mph on the interstate... Or a Toyota truck when the recalled tie rod end breaks while going over that bridge down the the road... Or a Honda when the recalled transmission siezes and stops the car while that 18-wheeler is tailgaiting... Or the recalled ABS activates on a GM truck allowing it to roll though a stop sign into oncoming highway traffic... and on and on... get the point? Recalls can be serious business some of the times!
      far jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Cars don't kill people. Lousy drivers kill people."

      #3 Leo, Unless it is a Ford with a recalled switch that burns the vehicle, house, and all occupants... Or perhaps a Toyota Avalon with a recalled steering column that comes detached at 70mph on the interstate... Or a Toyota truck when the recalled tie rod end breaks while going over that bridge down the the road... Or a Honda when the recalled transmission siezes and stops the car while that 18-wheeler is tailgaiting... Or the recalled ABS activates on a GM truck allowing it to roll though a stop sign into oncoming highway traffic... and on and on... get the point? Recalls can be serious business some of the times!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay let me chew the food for you. I'm talking about 90% of the recalls that are ntpicking little stuff that never actually fails, not things that catch fire.

      Sheesh. I suggest everyone read the book The Death of Common Sense and get back to far jr.