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Center for Auto Safety Executive Director Clarence Ditlow dies

Tireless safety crusader was 72.

While a thorn in the side of automakers, Ditlow's efforts saved lives.

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NHTSA could finally start using rear-seat crash-test dummies [UPDATE]

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft spawn new interest in back-seat safety.

Is the back seat the safest place for passengers? We may soon find out.

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Kids sitting in rear seats are vulnerable in certain car crashes

Safety watchdog details dangers children face due to 'seatback collapse.'

Have parents unknowingly been putting their kids in the wrong seat all along?

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Honda accused of not reporting all airbag problems

The Takata airbag recall that has afflicted a number of automakers may have just taken a very bad turn for Honda, which has already recalled over one million vehicles. Clarence Ditlow and the Brandon Turkus

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GM pushing back on proposed pickup and SUV brake recall [w/poll]

Through the first six months of 2014, General Motors has recalled 29 million cars and trucks in 54 different actions. If your author's notoriously sketchy math is correct, that'd work out to one recall every 3.5 days (as of this writing). GM is actively fighting to make sure there isn't a 55th recall, though.

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NHTSA chief says it's 'likely' more than 13 died due to GM ignition switch

One of the major points of contention in the GM ignition switch debacle has centered around just how many people were killed due to the problem. GM claimed, and continues to claim, that 13 people have been killed. Safety advocates and lawyers, though, are arguing that the final total will likely be higher.

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Center for Auto Safety calling for Chevy Impala airbag probe

The Center for Auto Safety and its leader, Clarence Ditlow, have taken aim at General Motors again, this timing writing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the 2003 to 2010 Chevrolet Impala. If you've been following our coverage of GM's

Did Federal Investigators Delay Action In GM Recall Case?

Leading safety advocates call for independent investigation of NHTSA

Federal safety investigators put General Motors under a microscope earlier this week, asking the troubled automaker 107 detailed questions about its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a deadly defect. Now, it may be the federal government's turn to face questions.

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NHTSA closes book on Jeep 'trailer hitch' recall after all

After much debating and hand-wringing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now says it has "no reservations" with Chrysler's plan to recall certain Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee models over concerns that their fuel tanks, which are located behind the rear axle, could rupture or leak in the event of a rear impact. The lo

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Ford Escape under fire for problems caused by recall repairs

Seven years ago, Ford recalled about 470,000 Escape crossovers from its 2002-2004 model years to fix a troublesome accelerator cable. But the Center for Auto Safety says those repairs may have caused another problem.

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NHTSA ready to submit rearview camera mandate to Congress [UPDATE]

About 100 children and over 200 adults die every year because drivers accidentally back over them. It's a sad statistic that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration feels can be prevented if all new vehicles come standard with backup cameras.

Report: Ralph Nader urges government to postpone GM IPO

Ralph Nader has written a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to delay General Motors' IPO. According to The Detroit News, his fear is that the automaker is still the "same old arrogant GM" and that the government stands to lose a bundle on the sale of its stock.