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Ford Issues Takata Safety Recall on 2006 Ranger Trucks

Another two fatalities caused by driver airbag inflator ruptures from Takata inflators have been recorded. In these sad, and possibly preventable, deaths. On Dec. 22, Ford was notified of a crash in West Virginia that happened on July 1, 2017 involving a 2006 Ford Ranger built in North America with a ruptured non-desiccated Takata driver-side inflator. Ford eventually inspected the vehicle on Dec. 27, confirmed that the inflator ruptured resulting in a driver fatality and notified NHTSA. This is the second fatality reported to Ford due to a Takata inflator rupture. The prior fatality was reported in January 2016, which Ford apparently ignored. Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Another 800,000 Deadly Takata Airbags Recalled

This latest recall addresses model year 2010 vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls Autoliv Air Bags on 2018 Escapes

Owners are given no warning about the shrapnel that results, increasing the risk of injury. This of course is like the ongoing Takata airbag shrapnel recall. Continue reading

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Bad Breaks, err Brakes – 640,000+ Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs Recalled for Brake Failures. Again.

Affected vehicles – and the failure rate is a, gulp, non-skid-mark producing 41%, yes 415 – may have had incorrect dealer installation of a brake booster shield as part of recall P14 (NHTSA 14V-154). Continue reading

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Mega Recall from Chrysler for Fires

On June 16, 2016, through active field report monitoring, it was discovered that two Ram vehicles with Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engines experienced fires which appeared to originate around the water pump. Continue reading

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Mazda Recalls Takata Airbag Inflators with New Supplier As Replacement

The remedy parts for replacement are an air bag inflator that is manufactured by different part – unnamed – supplier and is free from phased stabilized ammonium nitrate that Takata uses. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 2017 Takata Airbag Inflators on F-Series, Mustang!

In a terse statement that raises unanswered questions as to why Ford is using a discredited, criminal supplier responsible for the largest recall in U.S. history, Ford claimed it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this blatant safety defect. Continue reading

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Ford Motor Recalls F-150 for Bad Seat-belt Fasteners

Ford Motor Company is recalling ~117,000 Ford F-150, E-Series, Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles to replace improperly tempered seat, seat-back, seat-belt and/or seatbelt buckle attaching bolts. In short, fasteners that are the nuts and bolts of the business that Ford has been in for more than 100 years. Continue reading

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Silly, but Serious Safety Recalls from Mercedes and Kia

Recalls continue to bedevil automakers as airbag and software issues at Mercedes-Benz and a bad brake vacuum hose at Kia show. These are the result of quality control and development issues in what are admittedly complex automobiles. Continue reading

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Distracted Driving: Class Action Suit Over Apple iPhones

MLG Automotive Law filed a class action lawsuit against Apple to enjoin the company from selling iPhones until it installs texting and driving safeguards. Continue reading

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CAFE, Global Warming Rules Approved for 2022-25

In a parting shot to Twit-nitwit Trump who wants to despoil the environment because global warming is all a “Chinese hoax,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says it will maintain the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. Continue reading

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FAA Changes Pilot Medical Rules. Implications for Drivers?

The new regulation has further potentially broad implications for drivers since it dovetails with two other federal actions or desires. Continue reading

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NHTSA Funding Technology to End Drunk Driving

The goal of the DADSS research program is to advance the state of passive alcohol detection technology by developing a system that is fast, accurate, reliable and affordable Continue reading

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DOT Wants Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication

NHTSA estimates that safety applications enabled by V2V and V2I (vehicle to infrastructure could eliminate or mitigate the severity of up to 80% of non-impaired crashes, including crashes at intersections or while changing lanes. Continue reading

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NHTSA Hastens Replacements of Deadly Takata Air Bags

There are currently 46 million recalled Takata air bag inflators in 29 million vehicles in the United States. A combination of time, environmental moisture and cycling high temperatures contribute to the degradation of the ammonium nitrate propellant in the inflators. Such degradation can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, rupturing the inflator module and sending shrapnel through the air bag and into the vehicle’s cabin. Continue reading

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