NHTSA begins investigation into GM SUV seat belt failures

3 Jun
2012 Buick EnclaveThe NHTSA last week opened an investigation into 1.4 million General Motors crossover SUVs after reports that an earlier recall may not have fixed faulty seat belt cables. The probe surrounds faulty seat belts that were supposedly fixed in a 2014 recall for 2009 through 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook...

Non-profit petitions feds to reject GM’s steering wheel-less car exemption request

23 May
Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San FranciscoIn a petition to the NHTSA, the Center for Automotive Safety said that General Motors would use "unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians as guinea pigs" if the automaker is allowed to test self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals on public roads. The non-profit advocacy group claimed Monday in a release that both the automaker and the...

NHTSA investigates Chevy, GMC pickups over power steering loss

17 May
2019 Chevrolet ColoradoThe NHTSA has opened an investigation into the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks to determine if a previous recall left out thousands of pickups. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Tuesday that the probe aims to uncover more details about power steering loss in both of General Motors' mid-size trucks after the...

NHTSA backtracks, won’t mandate brake override systems

14 May
Brake and accelerator pedals of 2013 Tesla Model S  [photo: David Noland]The NHTSA on Monday said that it doesn't plan to follow through with a promise it made seven years ago to make brake override systems mandatory on new cars, a move applauded by automakers that have already installed the feature. The Trump administration's decision to scrap the mandate proposed during Toyota's 2009 fiasco involving floor mats and...

NHTSA investigates Mazda CX-9 for unintended airbag deployment

7 May
2013 Mazda CX-9The NHTSA has opened an investigation into the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV after two reports of airbags deploying unexpectedly while the vehicles were moving. According to documents posted to the government organization's website Monday, CX-9 owners complained that both the left and right side-curtain airbags inflated. In one of the incidents, four...

NHTSA investigating Nissan Rogue over automatic emergency braking

15 Apr
2017 Nissan Rogue, 2016 Miami auto showThe NHTSA has opened an investigation into 2017 and 2018 model year Nissan Rogue crossovers after 87 consumer complaints of erratic automatic emergency braking events. Consumer Reports reported on the investigation on Friday, which will look at 675,000 vehicles total. The complaints largely alleged that the system brought the crossover to a stop...

2019 VW Jetta earns five-star crash-test rating

5 Apr
2019 Volkswagen JettaThe 2019 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan earned a five-star crash-test rating from the federal government, the automaker said Thursday. Though it didn't ace the NHTSA's barrage of crash tests, the 2019 Jetta earned four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The compact sedan also scored four stars in the...

2019 Audi Q8 earns five-star crash-test scores

4 Apr
2019 Audi Q8, Park City to TellurideThe 2019 Audi Q8 earned top marks NHTSA's slew of crash tests last week. The high marks follow a similarly impressive performance in the insurance-funded IIHS crash tests for the crossover SUV. The NHTSA awarded the crossover SUV five stars after assessing frontal and side impacts and four stars in the calculated rollover assessment. DON'T MISS...

NHTSA opens investigation into 3M Hyundai, Kia vehicles over fires

2 Apr
2014 Kia OptimaThe NHTSA on Monday launched an investigation into a fire risk that covers about 3 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The decision to open the investigation came after the U.S. government reviewed 3,000 reports of fires that left about 100 people injured. Reuters first reported on the new NHTSA investigation on Monday. The probe will look into...

Federal regulators want to know what the public thinks of self-driving cars

18 Mar
GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EVSafety officials are asking for the public's help to rewrite the rules for self-driving cars, which were written decades ago. General Motors last year petitioned the NHTSA to allow self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs on the road that lacked steering wheels and pedals. The federal agency languished for more than a year without making a decision and now...