CAS Petitions NHTSA Over Cell Phone Use

The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) petitions the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to take action to restrict the availability of two-way communication features through in-vehicle telematic systems while a vehicle is in motion.  The purpose of this petition is to make the driving environment safer by reducing the availability of devices that have been proven to be traffic hazards. 

 

Click here to view the CAS petition to NHTSA (.PDF)

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Safety Improvement Campaigns

On March 28, 1995, Chrysler announced it would replace the rear liftgate latches on 4.5 million minivans manufactured in 1984 through 1995 to settle a NHTSA investigation.  NHTSA labeled this as a Safety Improvement Campaign, much less than a safety recall because it was not subject to any of the sanctions under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act if the manufacturer did not meet the reguirements of Safety Act or the rules thereunder.

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Geographic Recalls Listed by Manufacturer

AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

NHTSA Recall No. 05V-385/Acura Recall No. P92
Vehicles:  2001-02 Acura MDX made from August 2000 through December 2001.
Population: 22,861 sport utility vehicles sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and District of Columbia.

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Regional/Geographic Recall Overview

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 treats all vehicles equally regardless of where they are sold or registered. There is no specific statutory provision providing for recalling vehicles in one part of the country and not another. For the first 25 years of its history enforcing the Safety Act, NHTSA required manufacturers to do national recalls. Given the mobility of society with cars traveling from one area to another, regional recalls made little sense if safety was a priority.

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Cruisers to be fitted with new safety panels

By Denise Dick
The Vindicator

Thursday, June 5, 2008

BOARDMAN Township police officers have another line of defense against injury during rear-end cruiser collisions.

The department bought 10 vehicular fire protection systems, called FIRE Panels, to install over the gas tanks of the Ford Crown Victoria cruisers. Each panel, a polymer shell containing a fire suppression powder, costs $495. The money is coming from the department’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund, cash seized during drug and other investigations.

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Buyback Recalls Overview

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 requires manufacturers to remedy vehicles with safety defects or failures to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard(s). 49 U.S.C, § 30120 The Act contemplates that some safety defects or standard noncompliances may be too difficult or too expensive to repair and gives the manufacturer the option of refunding the purchase price or replacing the vehicle as follows.

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SUV’s flaw might be fire’s cause

Tuesday,  April 8, 2008 3:13 AM By Randy Ludlow
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Peter Romans reported that the house fire that killed his wife and two children early Sunday started in his sport-utility vehicle parked under an attached carport.

Yesterday, the state fire marshal’s office confirmed that the origin of the fire had been traced to the carport, but investigators have not determined a cause.

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