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    Report: WSJ unintended acceleration story "planted" by Toyota

    When The Wall Street Journal reported that crash data obtained by the U.S. Department of Transportation pegged the blame for Toyota's unintended acceleration on drivers, one line stuck out:

    "A NHTSA spokeswoman declined to comment on the findings, which haven't been released by the agency."
    With ...

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    BREAKING: WSJ says crash data points to pedal misapplication in Toyota sudden acceleration cases

    After receiving more than 3,000 reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation has concluded that driver error was actually at fault. According to The Wall Street Journal, investigators analyzing different data recorders from Toyota vehicles found that at ...

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    Subaru recalling nearly 74,000 2010 Outback and Legacy models over wiring issue

    2010 Subaru Outback – Click above for high-res gallery
    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru is recalling 74,000 2010 Outback and Legacy models built between February 16, 2009 and April 12, 2010. It seems that a bundle of wires located behind the steering ...

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    Ford recalling nearly 34,000 Transit Connect vehicles over headliner concerns

    2010 Ford Transit Connect – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In a recall scheduled to begin in about 10 days, Ford dealers will be repairing headliners in Transit Connect vans due to faulty retention pins. In the event of an accident, passengers could be at increased risk of injury ...

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    Report: BMW Z4 and Mazda3 face NHTSA scrutiny over power steering failures

    2009 BMW Z4 sDrive30i – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Following all the criticism federal regulators received earlier this year for letting Toyota safety defects go unaddressed, everyone is taking a closer look customer complaints. The 2007-9 Mazda3 and the 2003-5 BMW Z4 are both ...

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    BMW recalls over 15,000 motorcycles

    2008 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure – Click above for high-res image gallery of all recalled BMW motorcycle models
    It would seem that the recall notices were piling up at BMW's Motorrad division, leading the company to release safety notices for three separate issues all at once. The largest ...

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    BREAKING: Lexus recalls HS250h over risk of excessive fuel leakage

    2010 Lexus HS250h – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Back in the 1970s, the Ford Pinto was the focus of many headlines due to a fuel tank issue which caused excessive amounts of gasoline to leak during a rear-end collision. Now, three decades later, Lexus is having a similar problem ...

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    VW recalls nearly 16,000 Routan minivans on heels of Chrysler callback for same

    2009 Volkswagen Routan – Click above for high-res image gallery Chrysler recently announced the recall of 285,000 2008 and 2009 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans because of an improperly routed wiring harness in the sliding doors. If you were thinking that your ...

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    Ouch: NHTSA reportedly investigating 2007 Tahoe, Yukon over sharp door handles

    If you own a 2007 Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon, you might want to watch your fingers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun an engineering analysis (the step before a potential recall) at the SUVs' door handles after 88 complaints of people cutting their hands on peeling metal ...

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    NHTSA investigating 2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan for accelerator pedal entrapment due to floormat stacking *UPDATE

    2010 Ford Fusion Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery
    After the big mess that was the Toyota recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking quick action when any reports of accelerator pedal entrapment are reported. Case in point: The 2010 Ford Fusion and ...

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    NHTSA claims Toyota unintended acceleration may have claimed 89 lives

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now estimating that 89 deaths may be attributable to unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles here in the United States between the year 2000 and May of 2009. Previously, it was reported that 52 deaths were possibly related to the throttle ...

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    Suzuki recalls 2010 Equator pickups over suspension concern

    2010 Suzuki Equator – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Remember the Suzuki Equator – the overlooked, rebadged version of the Nissan Frontier that went on sale in early 2009? There hasn't been much to talk about the slow-selling Fronquator, but now a recall involving vehicles ...

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    Lamborghini recalling 2007-2008 MurciƩlago models over possible fire risk

    Lamborghini Murciélago – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We've seen a rash of recalls in the past few months, but none of the cars and trucks under the spotlight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have quite the cache of the Lamborghini Murciélago. ...

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    Report: NHTSA chief looking to augment safety arm's powers

    Thanks to the barrage of Toyota recalls in recent months, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has its eyes on more power. According to The Detroit News, David Strickland (pictured), who heads up the government safety agency, recently met with the Senate Commerce Committee to ...

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    Report: Washington to require that 'quiet' cars get alert sounds

    Brabus High Voltage EV concept – click above for high-res image gallery
    Hands down, one of the few pleasures of driving a hybrid is cruising around in all-electric mode. There's just something that's undeniably cool about silently whisking along, but if a new auto safety bill makes its way ...

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    Done Deal: Toyota wires $16M fine payment to U.S. Treasury

    Toyota has officially handed over every last cent of its $16.4 million fine for not notifying the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration of potential defects in a timely manner. That figure marks the largest fine possible under the law, though by paying it, the Japanese automaker has ...

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    NHTSA reportedly investigating C5 Corvette over leaky fuel tanks

    We don't need to tell you why a leaky fuel tank can be a big hazard. Something about flammable liquid seeping out from underneath a car raises a huge red flag, and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 33,000 2004 model year Chevrolet Corvettes over this very ...

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    Chrysler recalling 40,000 vehicles for ignition problem

    There's been a lot of talk about unintended acceleration over the past few months, but what about "unintended movement?" This new phrase, coined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, applies to recent Chrysler products affected by a problem where drivers might be able to remove ...

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    LaHood visits Toyota in Japan, won't discuss likelihood of more fines

    Akio Toyoda, still working the shovel to extricate Toyota from the hole it's dug, invited U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for a factory visit. When he returned, LaHood said that the Toyota CEO didn't realize how much damage the company's reputation was taking until Toyoda actually came ...

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    Report: Hundreds of complaints about Ford Windstar axles snapping, yet no NHTSA inquiry [UPDATE]

    Toyota's recent issues have turned the lights on automakers' and governments' responses to consumer complaints. Two of the questions to arise, which still haven't been answered, are what is the threshold for customer complaints to be considered a safety defect, and when should the National ...


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