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Fiat Chrysler answers criticism surrounding handling of recalls

Federal auto safety regulators demanded answers from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) about its handling of 20 recalls, including one tied to gas tank fires in certain older model Jeep vehicles, and on Monday, FCA delivered.

Hand delivered, to be precise, detailed responses on its recall performance amid allegations that the automaker has been too slow in making repairs.

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Fiat Chrysler Tells US It Missed Deadlines in 5 Recalls

by Tom Krisher

June 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has admitted that it missed legal deadlines to notify customers in five safety recalls, a pattern that could bring a fine from U.S. safety regulators.

But the company, in documents posted Thursday, said it's taking steps to improve recall completion and notification rates and shouldn't be subjected to a July 2 public hearing on its safety performance scheduled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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NHTSA prepares to reorganize its senior ranks

Ryan Beene   

Automotive News

June 1, 2015 

WASHINGTON -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will soon have some fresh faces in key recall positions as part of an agency reorganization intended to streamline its management structure.

According to sources here and job openings posted on the U.S Department of Transportation's website, the agency is preparing the reorganization to follow the retirement or departure of three key officials who have overseen recalls at the agency.

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Recalled Used Cars Roam the Roads as Federal Legislation Stalls

David Clayton was driving 70 miles an hour in his Ram 1500 pickup truck last October when he learned the hard way that it had a serious safety problem. The rear axle locked up, causing him to nearly lose control before wrestling the truck to the side of the highway.

Chrysler knew about the axle defect, and had ordered a recall of the pickup before Mr. Clayton bought it used last July from a dealer in Visalia, Calif. But the dealer never had the axle repaired — and was not required to do so under the law.

“That could have killed me,” Mr. Clayton said.

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U.S. Pushes for Wider Recall of Graco Car Seats – 3/21/14

Graco Children’s Products, which resisted recalling about 1.8 million child restraints earlier this year, has responded to a special order from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demanding more information about incidents or injuries involving the rear-facing infant restraints. But despite continued pressure from the safety agency, Graco is not saying whether it will remain steadfast in its refusal.

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Manufacturer denies claim after mother’s recalled SUV catches fire

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis woman says her car caught fire just minutes after she got her 9-month-old baby out.
Michelle Shetler contacted the Call 6 Investigators after she discovered her 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer had been recalled, along with more than 300,000 other Trailblazers across the country.
Shetler was headed to her grandmother’s house in Brownsburg when it happened Dec. 7, 2013.

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Manufacturer denies claim after mother’s recalled SUV catches fire – 2/21/14

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis woman says her car caught fire just minutes after she got her 9-month-old baby out.

Michelle Shetler contacted the Call 6 Investigators after she discovered her 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer had been recalled, along with more than 300,000 other Trailblazers across the country.

Shetler was headed to her grandmother’s house in Brownsburg when it happened Dec. 7, 2013.

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