Fuel Economy

Safe at 60

Center for Auto Safety
Auto mileage reports should reflect reality: Column - 8/17/14
2001 Senate CAFE Testimony
CAS 1995 House Testimony on CAFE
CAS Opposes Flexible Fuel Vehicle CAFE Credit - DOT, 4/10/02
2004 CAS Comment on "Reforming the Automobile Fuel Economy Standards Program"

Environmental Groups
Green Machine: Eco-friendly Auto Club Challenges Long-dominant AAA
Where AAA and its critics have disagreed

Hybrids & Other Technologies
Hybrid history
EPA MPG Test Doesn't Work for Hybrids
A Winning Hybrid Shows the Way
8 Engines That Missed
Big 3 play catch-up in the hybrid game

Inflated Fuel Economy Actions & Ratings
CAS and CFAS Comment on FTC Fuel Economy Advertising Guide - 9/7/16
United States Reaches Settlement with Hyundai and Kia in Historic Greenhouse Gas Enforcement Case - 11/3/14
CAS Comment on FTC Fuel Labeling Rule, July 2, 2014
Hyundai/Kia to Correct Overstated MPG Claims as Result of EPA Investigation - 11/2/2012
Recreational Vehicle Manufacturer to Pay $885,000 Penalty to Resolve Violations of the Clean Air Act - 9/6/2012
CAS Comment on FTC Fuel Labeling Rule, 2010
1975 FTC Rulemaking on Fuel Economy Advertising

COMMENT: Lighter vehicles are not unsafe
Drilling in Detroit (Safety Chapter) - June 2001
Safe Road to Fuel Economy, CAS & MCR Technologies - April 1991

Carmakers Back Strict New Rules for Gas Mileage - 7/28/2011
Remarks by John German, ICCT - 7/28/2011
Energy Bill Extends Oil-Wasting Fuel Economy Loophole
E.P.A Holds Back Report on Car Fuel Efficiency - 7/27/2005
Automakers Gear Up for California Climate Fight - 6/14/2004
Raising fuel standards could save auto industry - 1/26/2006
New Report Shows that Within Vehicle Class, Fuel Efficiency Varies Widely - 2/27/2006

Recent Posts

October, 2016

  • 25 October

    CAS Statement on Volkswagen $15 Billion Emissions Settlement

    October 25, 2016 Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California today gave final approval for a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal.  This settlement provides owners of 475,000 VW TDI diesels with two options: Owners may sell their vehicle back …

    Read More »

September, 2016

August, 2016

  • 18 August

    Harley-Davidson Clean Air Act Settlement

    (Washington, DC – Aug 18, 2016)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Harley-Davidson, Inc., Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company, Inc., and Harley-Davidson Motor Company Operations, Inc. (collectively Harley-Davidson), that requires the companies to stop selling …

    Read More »

April, 2016

May, 2015

May, 2013

  • 8 May

    Air Bag Recall Spreads to BMW; G.M. Recalls Some eAssist Models

    The widespread air bag recall affecting about 3.3 million Japanese vehicles last month has apparently spread to BMW as well. BMW says it will recall about 42,000 of its 2002-3 3 Series models because a passenger side air bag defect could send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.

    Read More »

May, 2012

  • 22 May

    A New Skirmish in the Ethanol Wars – 5/16/12

    The auto and oil industries plan to release a report on Wednesday indicating that some cars running on E15, the 15 percent ethanol blend that was recently authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency, experienced engine damage.

    Read More »

June, 2011

  • 29 June

    Ford Widens F-150 Recall by 1.2 Million Trucks

    by Christopher Jensen

    April 14, 2011

    Under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has agreed to recall an additional 1.2 million pickup trucks because the driver’s air bag may inadvertently deploy.

    The models are the 2004-6 F-150s and the 2006 Lincoln Mark LT, a sibling.

    In February, Ford recalled about 135,000 F-150s in the United States from the 2005-6 model years, but that was about one-tenth of the number the safety agency said should be recalled.

    Read More »
  • 29 June

    Questions and Intrigue After Recall of Ford F-150

    Ford’s recall on Wednesday of 135,000 F-150 pickup trucks, conducted because the driver’s air bag may inadvertently deploy, could be seen as a laudable act of corporate responsibility. But for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has called for 10 times as many vehicles to be recalled, it is a rebuff and a challenge.
    The agency says its investigation into 1.3 million F-150s revealed a significant number of incidents involving inadvertent air-bag deployments, the largest such number “in N.H.T.S.A. history.”

    Read More »

November, 2010

  • 11 November

    GM to change company it keeps

    By John Maggs

    November 3, 2010

    ...But the end of government control of General Motors means that it will be free to resume its long-standing efforts to resist fuel economy standards, according to Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Coalition.

    Read More »
  • 3 November

    Cap But No Trade

    By Jonathan Chait

    October 21, 2010

    ...The proposal will call for a 20 percent reduction in heat-trapping emissions from trucks’ tailpipes, according to Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign....

    Read More »
  • 3 November

    Gov’t pushes fuel efficiency

    Tulsa World

    By Staff and Wire Reports

    October 26, 2010

    ...Dan Becker, director of the safe climate campaign for the Center for Auto Safety, said that though the administration deserves credit for issuing the standards, "the bad news is that the proposal leaves almost half of the pollution savings on the table compared to what the National Academy of Sciences recommended." ...

    Read More »
  • 2 November

    Auto Dealers Doth Protest Too Much Over Proposed Fuel Economy Letter Grades


    By Jim Motavalli

    October 25, 2010

    ...Some greens, including Dan Becker of the Safe Climate Campaign at the Center for Auto Safety, actually want the window sticker to go further. There’s a lot of debate about how pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars will be evaluated. Under the proposed letter grade system, zero emission battery EVs would get the only A+ grades....

    Read More »
  • 2 November

    Big rig trucks may be subject to fuel efficiency standards


    By Sarah Gardner

    October 25, 2010

    ...DAN BECKER: The trucking industry and the auto industry in general have been very powerful and have resisted change....

    Read the entire story...
    Download the story as a PDF.

    Read More »