• Oct 6, 2009
According to The New York Times' Wheels blog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently in the early stages of investigating issues involving the 2005 Ford F-150 and 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8 models equipped with manual transmissions.

In the case of the Blue Oval, NHTSA has received eight complaints of F-150 airbags that have either deployed during ignition or in the seconds directly after ignition. The issue has reportedly resulted in some bumps and bruises, but if NHTSA finds the issue to be a big problem, up to 530,000 vehicles stand to be effected by what could be a very expensive safety recall for the Blue Oval.

At the other end of the automotive spectrum, Mazda's RX-8 sportscar is under the watchful eye of NHTSA for a problem that could effect far fewer vehicles but the problem is equally serious. The safety administration has reportedly received 40 complaints of 2004-2008 models that have experienced clutch pedal bracket failure, and in 15 cases, the rotary-powered Mazda was moving and the drivers couldn't change gears normally as a result. Two of those drivers could have found themselves in a more dangerous situation, as the clutch pedal was reported to have become wedged under the brake pedal.

At this point, NHTSA is just beginning to investigate these issues, and if a recall results in either case, the government agency will assuredly issue notice.

[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The stupid domestic/import safety bashing makes me laugh.


      Its not like cars are less safe than decades ago. That's ludicrous.
      Its just that the NHSTA has to dig deeper to find mistakes.

      And if you dig deep enough, you will find mistakes in ANY product or
      organization. Period.

      Every single automaker will get their turn when NHTSA gets to them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BTW, it's affected, not effected.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One of my pet peeves. UGH!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Word. That bothered me both times I saw it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure there would be some emotional scars as well after getting punched in the face while starting your truck. that would be prettyu surprising. I would probably duck anytime i turned the key ever again...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If your head is in front of the airbag when it goes off, it can break your neck.

        It would be a freak coincidence, but I've seen people lean in from outside and have other wierd postures starting their cars either trying to warm up their cars and being too lazy to take a seat or listening for something wrong, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Serves you right for buying a Mazda Unibrow! Should have bought a real car...like a Mercury Cougar or something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        this reaks of xcom!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How it is a clutch pedal being stuck down _more_ dangerous?
      F117Nghthawk
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 2004 RX8 and its got 70,000 miles on it. I got it back in April 2009 @ 52,000 miles and it is now October 2009 so 6 months and 18,000 miles I have been fine with daily driving. (Knock on wood). But however when my ingnition system went, the guy at the shop told me that the clutch pedal in RX8 had a tendency to snap at a most unopportune moment. So now after reading this I think i will take up the guys offer for his custom made beefed up clutch bracket assembly for safe measures. especially now that I have a kid on the way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure there would be some emotional scars as well after getting punched in the face while starting your truck. that would be pretty surprising. I would probably duck anytime i turned the key ever again...
      • 5 Years Ago
      my clutch pedal literally snapped right in half, mechanic couldn't believe what a crappy clutch pedal the rx8 has. Destroyed my Master in the process. Other then that I love my 8.

      Have to be honest though, I had my 8 and 4 year old in the car at the time and i was stuck in the middle of the road on a very busy highway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        UniBroW

        I'm not questioning you.... it's just not the way i've experienced things, yes I have been questioned about auto problems in the past. Mine involved the Ford Focus and deteriorating rubber cups protecting something on the drive axel as I remember.

        At the time I got a thick manila envelope with a questionnaire in it to fill out and return. No phone calls, no e-mails, government rarely works that way.

        sorry
        • 5 Years Ago
        um....no actually. My clutch bracket snapped more specifically. Like I said, I love my 8
        • 5 Years Ago
        The dealers aren't reporting this issue to the NHTSA as far as i know. It's from people reporting on their web page. There isn't a recall as of yet. The engineers that work for NHTSA sat down and they are investigating the issue. I actually had them call me and speak with me directly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Over the years i've had 15 or so of new cars, and several used ones. Iv'e gotten a few recall notices and some questionnaires on potential problems. I've never gotten a notice in the form of an e-mail... they have always been regular mail on a transportation agency letterhead in the form of a formal questionnaire. Government agencies prefer paper forms for the paper trail they create in any investigation. E-mail is too subject to manipulation.

        The wording on this "e-mail" just doesn't ring proper governmentese to me, and the "chatty" closing of "Thank you for your time and have a great day." sounds strangely very un-governmental.

        Just saying.... if I got something like this I'd be suspicious of it because it hasn't been the usual way of doing things in my 35 years of government employment... just saying.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I should also add that any recall notices i ever received usually involved Vin numbers from XXXXX to XXXXX and build dates of, for example ,Feb. 200x to Dec. 200x. Never just an open letter asking for information. Information is readily available to NHTSA from dealers on specific problems.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Troll. The recall is for a clutch pedal bracket.

        You Lie!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford will probably deny there is even a problem...just like they did with the self-ejecting spark plugs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Matt

        Don't take this as a troll, cus I'm really not trying to, but if you don't like Ford (or any of the American auto industry?) and don't like Toyota (perhaps the Japanese auto industry?). Is it the reliability that turns you off? The blandness? To be honest, I'm just curious as to what you might suggest for someone to drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well...than my assertion makes sense as Ford is trying to emulate Toyota in every way possible(boring appliances, dishonest business practices, etc)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe denial has been Toyota's MO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When did Ford have self ejecting spark plugs? More specifically, what years and models did it affect?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Meyer Wiener....STFU
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford has had spark plug issues all throughout the 00's with all of their modular engines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      FINALLY NHTSA is looking at the broken clutch pedal issue that has haunted many RX-8 owners for a long time now
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's actually not the pedal itself; it's the mounting bracket they use to hold the clutch pedal in place that is breaking. the welds they used on the bracket is simply too flimsy to take the day-to-day wear of clutch use, and they just break off.

        And yes this happens mostly to RX-8's used as daily cars, and to people with a heavy left foot, lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've heard about the Evo pedals breaking, but never an RX-8. I've worked at a Mazda dealer since '05 and we've never seen a single one go bad.

        But then again I'm in WI and no one drives their 8 year round.... we don't see to many with more than 30-40k on them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess Matt will be posting his usual rants here shortly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        he is probably already drunken by now :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      We have ignition!

      /bang!
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