Auto Defect Investigations Archives

Our Statements and Investigations:

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

Consumer Groups: Subaru Owners Deserve Transmission Recall Not Extended Warranty

CAS Comments on NHTSA Enforcement Guidance Bulletin 2016-02

CAS Calls for Criminal Investigation of Honda EWR Failure

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

CAS Defect Petition on Chrysler Totally Integrated Power Modules (TIPM)

The Center for Auto Safety thinks melting dashboards are a safety defect and should be recalled – 7/24/14

CAS Fact Sheet: NHTSA Shutdown Endangers American Drivers

CAS Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder re: NHTSA Freedom of Information Act and Transparency

CAS Statement on 11-25-09 Toyota Uncontrolled Acceleration Recall

Miscellaneous Investigations:

Markey, Blumenthal Blast New Revelation of Fiat Chrysler Early Warning Reporting System Failure

Almost Half of American Vehicles Aren’t Covered Under Existing Safety Regulations

49 CFR Part 579 – Reporting of Information and Communications about Potential Defects

Dr. Ronald A. Belt’s Sudden Acceleration Papers

DP14-004 – TIPM Defect Petition Document File

Safety Research & Strategies Comments on NHTSA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

Parris Boyd Toyota Blog

Markey and Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Ensure Transparency, More Reporting to Prevent Auto Injuries, Fatalities

Markey: Earlier Reporting of Accident Information Defects Needed to Prevent Auto Fatalities, Injuries – 2/26/14

RQ10-003 Index

Federal investigators end probe into stuck throttles in Ford Escapes after ABC15 Investigation – 2/28/13

Changed auto recall accounting methods raise questions – 2/25/13

Auto safety concerns often stay secret – 2/25/13

Exemplary Equipment Queries

Auto safety concerns often stay secret – 2/22/13

Dr. Ronald A. Belt’s Sudden Acceleration Papers

Firmware forensics: best practices in embedded software source-code discovery – 10/27/11

Government Deepens Investigation of Saturn Ion for Steering Problem

FOIA Response Re: Early Warning Reporting (EWR) and Death Inquiries (DI’s)

Speed Control a Small Factor in Car Claims

Consultants say interference in vehicle electronics is possible

Los Angeles Times Articles

EA08-045 Documents

Saylor Family crash 911 call

Out to lunch with Diana Foote: Car troubles bring back haunting memories

Avis Budget Group Announces Removal of Recalled Toyotas from U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico Rental Fleet

GM Power Steering Fluid Leak and Fires 2006 Impala/Monte Carlo, 2005-06 Grand Prix

Safety data a trade secret?

Defect Investigations Category Description

Technology Puts Unintended Acceleration Back in Spotlight


NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation Flat File Downloads

Blumenthal, Markey Statement on NHTSA-Fiat EWR Civil Penalty – 12/10/15

How To Find Manufacturer EWR Reports Based on NHTSA Death & Injury Inquiries

NHTSA Fact Sheet on Early Warning Reporting

NHTSA EWR Death Inquiry “DI” Index

NHTSA Compendium for Early Warning Reporting for Manufacturers of Motor Vehicles Having an Annual Production of 500 or More Vehicles

Markey, Blumenthal Statement on NHTSA’s “Path Forward”

Probe finds NHTSA moves slowly on investigation requests – 8/11/14

Markey and Blumenthal Query NHTSA on Auto Injury and Defect Reporting Compliance

DOT Inspector General Audits of NHTSA’s Defect Investigation System

NHTSA ODI: Office Procedures for Conducting Defect Investigations

Senator Edward J. Markey Letter to NHTSA Administrator David Friedman re: Early Warning Reporting

The Register’s Editorial: Feds’ auto safety agency needs to get in gear – 11/2/14

NHTSA Administrator Runge Agrees to Put CAS Complaints in NHTSA Database – 12/2/2003

Vehicle safety complaints not investigated during shutdown

Shutdown would force NHTSA to stop vehicle investigations – 9/30/13

NHTSA limping along, some say – 2/23/13

U.S. Inquiries Over Safety Dragging On for Years – 2/22/13

Agency Under Scrutiny for Oversight of Highway Money

Poor Records Thwart Investigation of Federal Safety Agency

Letter to NHTSA Administrator Strickland RE: EWR Death Inquiry Lists

What Doesn’t NHTSA Want You to Know About Auto Safety

GAO Report – NHTSA Has Options to Improve the Safety Defect Recall Process – June 2011

DOT Inspector General Report – Process Improvements Are Needed for Identifying and Addressing Vehicle Safety Defects – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – 10/6/2011

The paper trail: As complaints grew, oversight remained lax

NHTSA Press Backgrounder on Electronic Probe, 2-3-10

NHTSA Study: “An Examination of Sudden Acceleration” Jan. 1989

NHTSA Statement Concerning The Safety Recall of 3.8 million Toyota Vehicles

NHTSA ODI Electronic Submission Index

Again, NHTSA Probes Sudden Acceleration – March 22, 2004


Ford secretly tells dealers: Fix faulty Focus, Fiesta transmissions until July 19

Years of lawsuits and complaints raise new questions about Ford Escape recall

Family’s Ford Escape crashes in Texas; Ford recall questioned

2002-2004 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute Sudden Acceleration

2004-05 Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey Transmission Problems

Ford Minivans Investigated for Transmission Failure

Ford Says to Check Steering on Trucks


G.M. Deems Steering Issue Unworthy of Recall – 4/10/15


Government Investigates 88,000 Honda Pilots for Faulty Brakes

Woman Asks U.S. to Investigate Honda Accord Hybrid


Jeep Wrangler “Death Wobble”


EE Times Articles on Toyota SUA

Toyota MDL Documents

Toyota Fined $17,350,000 by NHTSA (Lexus Floor Mats)

Sen. Grassley questions Toyota sudden acceleration probe

2009-2010 SCI Toyota Unintended Acceleration Investigations

CALCE Prediction of Potential Failures Risks in Toyota Vehicles Confirmed by NASA Scientists

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Results from NHTSA-NASA Study of Unintended Acceleration in Toyota Vehicles

Toyota’s Independent Quality Advisory Panel Headed to Japan

Toyota and Lexus Deaths and Injuries found in Death Incident Investigations

Toyota and Lexus Deaths and Injuries Claims in NHTSA’s Early Warning Reporting System through 2009

Washington Post Articles on Toyota Sudden Acceleration

Secretary LaHood Announces DOT is Seeking Maximum Civil Penalty from Toyota

2005 Toyota Camry Sudden Acceleration Investigation (2008-12-077A)

2007 Toyota Camry Sudden Acceleration Investigation (DS07035)

2005 Toyota Prius Sudden Acceleration Investigation (DS07010)

2007 Toyota Tacoma Sudden Acceleration Investigation (CA08-020)

Other News on Toyota Sudden Acceleration

New York Times Articles on Toyota Sudden Acceleration

Floor mat problem sparked 2000 Toyota recall in U.K.

Toyota to Provide Additional Services to New York Customers Affected by Recent Recalls

NHTSA Launches Probe into Timeliness of Three Toyota Recalls

Lawmaker: Toyota knew of electronic defects

Consumer Advisory: NHTSA’s Advice to Toyota Customers

Energy & Commerce Committee Requests More Information on Toyota Recall

NHTSA Consumer Advisory on Toyota Recalls

Avis Budget Group Announces Removal of Recalled Toyotas from U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico Rental Fleet

Consumer Advisory: Toyota Announces Recall of 110,000 Tundra Pickups for Excessive Corrosion

Toyota Announces Fix for Accelerator Pedal Entrapment Problem

Toyota Sudden Acceleration

NHTSA Statement Concerning The Safety Recall of 3.8 million Toyota Vehicles

Toyota pickup probe pushed


Volkswagen Failed to Report Fatal Incident to Regulator

For Volkswagen, New Questions Arise on U.S. Injury Reporting