Defect Investigations

The Center for Auto Safety works tirelessly to ensure that you, the consumer, are aware of government defect investigations that may protect you in a collision and save you money on vehicle repairs.

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 consumers a voice for …

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Consumer Groups: Subaru Owners Deserve Transmission Recall Not Extended Warranty

By Christopher Jensen Consumer advocates from three groups say Subaru should be recalling models with a stalling problem instead of providing owners with an extended warranty on a troublesome continuously variable transmission. Stalling cars create “potentially dangerous situations for drivers,” said Jason Levine, the executive director of The Center for …

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NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation Flat File Downloads

Click here to visit the NHTSA ODI Flat File Download Webpage Complaints FLAT_CMPL.zip Import_Instructions.pdf CMPL.txt Defect Investigations FLAT_INV.zip INV.txt Recalls FLAT_RCL.zip RCL.txt Import_Instructions_Recalls.pdf FLAT_RCL_Qtrly_Rpts.zip RCL_Qtrly_Rpts.txt Manufacturer Communications FLAT_TSBS.zip TSBS.txt Manufacturer_Communications.pdf

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

Senators Urge NHTSA to Write Rules to Increase Transparency and Public Reports of Early Warning Data

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) issued the following statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announcement today that it has imposed a civil penalty of $70 million on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for failing to comply with the Early Warning Reporting (EWR) system, which requires auto manufacturers to report safety data:

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Volkswagen Failed to Report Fatal Incident to Regulator

Volkswagen AG failed to report at least one death and three injuries involving its vehicles to a U.S. regulator’s database designed to save lives by spotting possible defects.

Lawsuits concerning the accidents, filed over the last eight years, weren’t found in records kept by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in searches by Bloomberg and financial adviser Stout Risius Ross Inc. Automakers are required by law to report all claims of possible vehicle defects to the NHTSA database.

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

Volkswagen AG reported death and injury claims at the lowest rate of any major automaker in the U.S. over the last decade.

The numbers are so good that some industry experts wonder if they add up.

The average reporting rate of the 11 biggest automakers was nine times higher than Volkswagen’s, according to an analysis of government data completed last week by financial advisory firm Stout Risius Ross Inc. at the request of Bloomberg News. 

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