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Ford F-150 seat belt fires spark federal investigation

More than 2 million Ford trucks could be affected by faulty pretensioners

More than 2 million Ford trucks could be affected by faulty seat belt system.

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NHTSA investigates 2011-12 Nissan Versa for airbags that deploy after the doors slam

Tired of your friends slamming car doors? If you have a Versa, here's a reason for them to stop.

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NHTSA investigates FCA for SUVs that roll out of Park

NHTSA is investigating the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee for rolling away while the transmission is in Park. Five crashes and three injuries are reported in the 14 claims to the government agency.

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NHTSA advances investigation of Ford Crown Victoria headlights

NHTSA is moving forward with an investigation into failing headlights on the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis after an earlier defect petition. It now has a preliminary evaluation into the problem.

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NHTSA investigating Harman Kardon for software vulnerabilities

NHTSA is investigating Harman Kardon, which supplies Uconnect to FCA, to see if Harman Kardon's other infotainment systems are also vulnerable to hacking.

Followup
NHTSA closes investigation on 4.7M FCA power modules, no recall

NHTSA is closing an investigation into 4.7 million power modules in FCA vehicles and found no need for a recall in them.

Recalls
Subaru recalling 32K Imprezas for potential airbag fault

Subaru is recalling over 32,000 units of the 2012 Impreza because the Occupant Detection System might not work correctly for the front passenger seat. This can cause the airbag not to deploy in a crash.

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NHTSA looking into non-Takata airbag shrapnel case

NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into airbag inflators from Arc Automotive. The agency has reports of two ruptures with injuries: one in a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country and another in a 2004 Kia Optima. It's not yet known whether the incidents are linked.

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NHTSA may investigate new Toyota unintended acceleration case

NHTSA is considering whether to open an investigation into unintended acceleration claims in the 2009 Lexus ES350. An owner claims the sedan surged forward while pulling into a parking space in February 2015 and caused a crash.

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NHTSA investigating 250k F-150s for possible power brake failure

NHTSA is investigating the 2011-2012 F-150 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for potential loss of power braking assist. There are two allegations of crashes from this issue, and a recall could affect an estimated 250,000 of the pickups.

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NHTSA investigating 630k Jeep Wranglers for possible airbag fault

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into the 2007-2012 Jeep Wrangler for the possibility of the driver's side airbag not deploying due to a wiring issue. If a recall is necessary, it could affect an estimated 630,000 vehicles.

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NHTSA probes 2010 Chevy Tahoe for side airbag issue

NHTSA is considering whether to conduct a deeper investigation after a fatal rollover accident in a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe. In the incident, the SUV's rollover side curtain airbag deployed, but some passengers in the second and third row were still ejected.

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NHTSA opens investigation into 130k Nissan Versas for breaking springs

The 2008-2010 Nissan Versa is under investigation by NHTSA after 93 complaints of front coil springs that can break while driving. The problem can reportedly happen at any speed and without warning.

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Toyota won't face recall for Corolla unintended acceleration

Following months of investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided not to launch a deeper analysis or recall of 2006-2010 Toyota Corolla for alleged unintended acceleration.

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NHTSA investigating 33k Subaru Imprezas for airbag sensor flaw

NHTSA is opening an investigation into the 2012 Subaru Impreza that could affect an estimated 33,500 cars. In the vehicles, the Occupant Detection System might not correctly identify the passenger and not deploy the airbags in a collision.

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NHTSA probes Nissan Versa for potential pedal problem

NHTSA is performing an engineering analysis on the 2013-2015 Versa and Versa Note because portions of the footwell might trap the driver's foot. This can cause unintended acceleration and delayed braking.

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NHTSA investigating 500k Ford and Mercury cars for lighting failures

A consumer advocacy group in North Carolina wants NHTSA to re-open its investigation into front lighting failures on the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. The agency alleges that the problem is still occurring, and Ford dealers are not keeping the parts in stock.

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NHTSA probing 400,000 Infiniti, Honda vehicles over steering faults

As many as 391,000 vehicles from Infiniti and Honda may eventually need to be recalled as a result of two, separately announced Preliminary Evaluations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ascertain the scope of the potential safety hazards.

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NHTSA and Ford investigating steering issues in Crown Vic, Grand Marquis and Marauder

There may be more steering woes for the Ford Crown Victoria. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation into the Crown Vic and Mercury Grand Marquis from the 2004 to 2007 model years and the Mercury Marauder for the 2004 and 2005 model years because the steering shaft can jam. The issue could potentially affect an estimated 500,000 vehicles.

Recalls
Five automakers now being investigated by NHTSA for airbag woes

It appears that Toyota's renotification to owners of recalled vehicles from last year is just the tip of the iceberg for what could potentially be a much larger industry-wide recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening a preliminary evaluation investigation into roughly 1.1 million vehicles from Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota and parts supplier Takata regarding faulty airbag inflators in several models.

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