NHTSA Records

NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation Flat File Downloads

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Exemplary Equipment Queries

The table below lists the largest number of recalls arising from NHTSA Equipment Queries (EQs)


Agency Under Scrutiny for Oversight of Highway Money

The Department of Transportation’s inspector general is investigating whether the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been checking on whether $601 million it gave to states for highway safety has been properly used.

The money was given to the states during the 2011 fiscal year for “a wide range of safety programs aimed at reducing fatalities, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes,” according to the inspector general’s announcement Monday.

Safety data a trade secret?




David Lazarus
San Francisco Chronicle

Before you buy a car, would you want to know how many complaints people had made to the manufacturer about defects, or how many warranty claims had been paid, or how many dealers had reported problems with the vehicle?

Federal law says you have a right to such info. But the Bush administration and the auto industry are quietly trying to change that.