Remembering Clarence M. Ditlow III: The nightmare of the misbehaving auto industry and the dream of safety-conscious motorists

Today, November 10, 2017, is the one-year anniversary of the passing of Clarence Ditlow, a singular figure in auto safety and consumer protection, and the heart and soul of the Center for Auto Safety for 40 years. “From the beginning, Clarence was a skilled advocate,” said Joan Claybrook, a former Administrator of NHTSA, who hired Clarence to w

Center for Auto Safety Provides Testimony Calling on NHTSA To Make Safety Mandatory in Regulating Autonomous Vehicles

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2017 Contact: Jason Levine, (202) 328-7700, JLevine@autosafety.org Center for Auto Safety Provides Testimony Calling on NHTSA To Make Safety Mandatory in Regulating Autonomous Vehicles Washington D.C. – The Center for Auto Safety, the nation’s leading independent non-profit organization providing con

Center for Auto Safety Calls for Ford to recall Explorers over Carbon Monoxide exposure inside over 1.3 million vehicles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2017 Contact: Jason Levine, (202) 328-7700, JLevine@autosafety.org Center for Auto Safety Calls for Ford to recall Explorers over Carbon Monoxide exposure inside over 1.3 million vehicles Washington D.C. – The Center for Auto Safety, the nation’s leading independent non-profit organization providing consume

Used Car Roulette: The Fight Against the Advertising and Sale of Recalled Used Cars

  September 28, 2017 USED CAR ROULETTE: CarMax Doubles Down on Selling Cars Under Recall New report finds 27% of surveyed CarMax vehicles for sale had Unrepaired Recalls One CarMax “Certified” vehicle had 6 safety defects under recall Today, the Center for Auto Safety is proud to partner with the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Saf

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Feds Take Hands-Off Approach to Driverless Tech, Worrying Consumer Groups

Most Americans aren’t ready to trust self-driving vehicles. If that’s going to change as automated travel nears, consumer advocates say that federal regulators responsible for protecting the motoring public must set and enforce rigorous safety standards for the fledgling technology. But there are growing concerns the government is doing little

SAFETY ADVOCATES CRINGE AS DRIVERLESS CARS HIT PHOENIX ROADS

Waymo (Google) tests true driverless cars on Phoenix public roads, creating a huge test laboratory. November 12, 2017 — The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) says the federal government needs to do its job by creating mandatory driverless car policies enforced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a job safety regulators have

Consumer Safety Group Calls for Federal Regulation of Self-Driving Cars

Center for Auto Safety says government rules could determine whether consumers are willing to give self-driving vehicles a shot. The Center for Auto Safety is calling for government oversight of automated vehicles, warning that another fatality— like one in Florida last year involving a Tesla—could set back public acceptance of self-driving t

Hit by Complaints About Fumes, Ford to Begin Providing Free Fixes for Explorers

Amid complaints by consumers about fumes and carbon monoxide seeping into the cabins of Ford Explorers, the nation’s No. 2 automaker next week will launch a free servicing program. Ford continues to insist that the vehicles are safe, despite complaints from more than 2,000 motorists who say they have been inhaling exhaust in their Explorers. The

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Actor’s Death is Latest Example of Inadequate Recall Response; the Center Lays Out Action Plan for Chrysler to Prevent Further Deaths and Injuries due to Transmission Defect

June 20, 2016 Actor’s Death is Latest Example of Inadequate Recall Response; CAS Lays Out Action Plan for Chrysler to Prevent Further Deaths and Injuries due to Transmission Defect Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was killed June 18 when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against his mailbox in a rollaway incident.  Yelchin’s death is

Volkswagen Emissions Defeat Devices Violate EPA Emissions Rules

September 21, 2015 VW is a recidivist emission control violator using defeat devices to turn off emission controls used only in emission testing.  Under former Administrator Bill Ruckelshaus, EPA warned VW in 1972 about defeat devices and then sued it in 1973 when VW failed to heed the warning. VW paid a $120,000 fine and promised to comply with

Safety Advocates Call on U.S. DOT to Issue Rule Requiring Crash Avoidance Technology for Large Trucks

Click here to view the press release Click here to view the Petition for Rulemaking Large Truck Crash Victims NHTSA Administrator Rosekind Letter to Representative Hank Johnson – 8/3/15

The Center Calls for NHTSA Investigation of Chrysler Totally Integrated Power Modules (TIPM)

August 21, 2014 (202) 328-7700 CAS SEEKS NHTSA DEFECT INVESTIGATION OF MILLIONS OF 2007-14 CHRYSLER SUVs, TRUCKS & VANS WITH TOTALLY INTEGRATED POWER MODULES (TIPMs) The Center for Auto Safety today filed a petition for a defect investigation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), requesting the agency open a formal

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