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    Report: NHTSA closes Ford F-150 EcoBoost acceleration probe
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    Typically when we report on the findings of an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it's because the government body has discovered a safety issue and prescribed a recall. In this case, however, NHTSA has closed an investigation into a reported performance ...

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    Followup: Emails show NHTSA official felt GM often lagged on safety
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    Federal safety regulators had grown frustrated with what they felt was the company's indifferent attitude toward safety issues. General Motors has attempted to distance itself from a widening crisis over its botched handling of a deadly defect by dividing its company history into two distinct ...

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    Report: Senate committee votes to keep driver black box data private
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    Drivers are one step safer to having improved privacy behind the wheel. The Senate Commerce Committee has granted bipartisan approval to legislation that aims to protect the information on automotive Event Data Recorders (EDR), also known as black boxes. The committee concluded that the vehicle ...

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    Report: Two GM engineers put on paid leave pending recall investigation [w/video]
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    The internal investigation General Motors is conducting regarding its response (and responsiveness) to the ignition switch recall might be having its first effects. The company has put two of its engineers on paid leave. According to The Detroit Free Press, this action took place after a briefing ...

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    Report: Center for Auto Safety calling for Chevy Impala airbag probe
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    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 ignition switch recall, you'll ...

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    Video: NHTSA launches first-ever national distracted driving campaign with brutal ad
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    It used to be that most of the car-related public service announcements on TV focused on preventing drunk driving and getting people to buckle their seatbelts, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched grisly new ads combatting distracted drivers with the slogan "U ...

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    Recalls: Chrysler recalling 644k Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs over brakes [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: An earlier version of this story contained language erroneously linking this recall action to a Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango brake recall announced in March. According to Eric Mayne, a media relations manager at Chrysler, the two safety issues are unrelated. The text in the story ...

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    Report: Tesla behind lobbying push to ditch side mirrors
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration passed a law yesterday forcing new cars in the US to come with standard backup cameras by May 2018, and if Tesla has its way, this could be just the beginning of changing how motorists see out of their vehicles. The electric car manufacturer has ...

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    Recalls: Honda recalls nearly 10,000 new Civic models over pinched tires
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    Honda is recalling some 9,816 Civic LX coupes and sedans from the 2014 model year due to a potential tire problem. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice, the safety problem stems from an installation problem at a supplier, which may have caused the tire bead to ...

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    Recalls: Documents portray 'unsettling picture' of responses to GM ignition-switch problem
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    A senior investigator within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wanted to open an investigation into defective Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion models in November 2007. The director of the agency's Defects Assessment Division had spotted a trend of airbag non-deployments in the two ...

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    Report: NHTSA has just 51 investigators tracking America's 250M cars
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    How many people do you think the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has investigating automotive defects? 5,000? 2,500? 1,000? You'd be well off on all counts. It has 51. 51 investigators covering America's pool of 250 million vehicles. That shocking stat comes courtesy of ...

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    Report: Recalled Saturn Ion facing separate federal safety probe
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    General Motors may be staring down another recall campaign for one of its models already embroiled in its high-profile ignition recall. The 2003-2007 Saturn Ion is already among the 1.6-million vehicles being recalled for faulty ignition switches, and now new light is being shed on a National ...

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    Report: NHTSA closes investigation into Jeep Liberty fires
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    The investigation that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened into the Jeep Liberty in October 2013 has been closed. NHTSA received two (!) complaints about fires starting in the driver's door, thought to be caused by the master power window switch. The initial estimate was ...

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    Followup: US database may have overstated deaths in GM ignition switch recall
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    The FARS analysis didn't take into account fatal accidents where the airbags weren't supposed to deploy. Earlier today, we reported that the actual death toll attributable to GM's ignition switch problem had crested the 300 mark according to new research, well up from the original reports of ...

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    Report: Toyota asking NHTSA for waiver on 206K vehicles
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    Toyota has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for a waiver to avoid recalling about 206,271 2012–2014 Camry, Avalon, Corolla, Sienna, Tundra and Tacoma vehicles, some of its most popular models. The affected vehicles contain seat heaters that ...

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    Official: NHTSA closes probe into 2011 Porsche 911 coolant leaks
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it will end its investigation into rapid coolant loss in 24,635 Porsche 911s built between 2001 and 2011. The models affected included the standard 911, GT2, GT3 and Turbo, as well as their variants (GT2 RS, GT3 RS and Turbo ...

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    Recalls: Graco adding 403K carseats to recall, NHTSA pushing for 1.8 million
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    Graco, the carseat manufacturer that recalled 3.8 million toddler and booster seats back in February has just added an extra 403,000 seats to its recall. That's arguably not the big news, though - the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants a further 1.8 million infant seats added to ...

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    Report: Feds to end roadside breath testing without permission
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    "I'm concerned that motorists who encounter these surveys are not properly informed the survey is voluntary." - Rep. Tom Petri Last year, the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving kicked off in 60 cities across the US. The survey, as the name suggests, attempts to gauge the ...

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    Report: GM ignition switch flaw traced back to 2001
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    General Motors' ignition switch problem goes back even farther than first imagined. In a statement that the automaker submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it said that it found a case of the faulty ignition switch going back to 2001 in a pre-production Saturn Ion ...

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    Followup: Baptism of fire for Barra as GM announces $500 discount, free loaners to owners of recalled cars
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    As the federal government continues to investigate General Motors for the delayed recall of certain Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac vehicles with faulty ignition switches, the Detroit-based manufacturer has announced a $500 cash allowance for the 1.3 million American owners of affected cars. ...

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