Fuel Economy

Center for Auto Safety
Safe at 60
Auto mileage reports should reflect reality: Column - 8/17/14
2001 Senate CAFE Testimony
CAS 1995 House Testimony on CAFE
CAS Opposes Flexible Fuel Vehicle CAFE Credit - DOT, 4/10/02
2004 CAS Comment on "Reforming the Automobile Fuel Economy Standards Program"

Environmental Groups
Green Machine: Eco-friendly Auto Club Challenges Long-dominant AAA
Where AAA and its critics have disagreed

Hybrids & Other Technologies
Hybrid history
EPA MPG Test Doesn't Work for Hybrids
A Winning Hybrid Shows the Way
8 Engines That Missed
Big 3 play catch-up in the hybrid game

Inflated Fuel Economy Actions & Ratings
CAS and CFAS Comment on FTC Fuel Economy Advertising Guide - 9/7/16
United States Reaches Settlement with Hyundai and Kia in Historic Greenhouse Gas Enforcement Case - 11/3/14
CAS Comment on FTC Fuel Labeling Rule, July 2, 2014
Hyundai/Kia to Correct Overstated MPG Claims as Result of EPA Investigation - 11/2/2012
Recreational Vehicle Manufacturer to Pay $885,000 Penalty to Resolve Violations of the Clean Air Act - 9/6/2012
CAS Comment on FTC Fuel Labeling Rule, 2010
1975 FTC Rulemaking on Fuel Economy Advertising

COMMENT: Lighter vehicles are not unsafe
Drilling in Detroit (Safety Chapter) - June 2001
Safe Road to Fuel Economy, CAS & MCR Technologies - April 1991

Carmakers Back Strict New Rules for Gas Mileage - 7/28/2011
Remarks by John German, ICCT - 7/28/2011
Energy Bill Extends Oil-Wasting Fuel Economy Loophole
E.P.A Holds Back Report on Car Fuel Efficiency - 7/27/2005
Automakers Gear Up for California Climate Fight - 6/14/2004
Raising fuel standards could save auto industry - 1/26/2006
New Report Shows that Within Vehicle Class, Fuel Efficiency Varies Widely - 2/27/2006

Recent Posts

September, 2018

  • 17 September

    When AVs crash, limited data access can impede investigations

    This opinion piece, written by Center for Auto Safety Executive Director Jason Levine, originally appeared in Axios. In these early stages of development, autonomous vehicles raise pressing questions whenever they crash, especially if the accident involves injury or death. But when the drivers may be either computers or humans, it …

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  • 7 September

    A Safety-Minded Makeover for a Dangerous Brand

    “It is certainly commendable that Uber would make it easier for its customers to more quickly dial 911 when they are in danger either because of an Uber driver’s behavior, or because of a crash,” Levine told me over email, “but this announcement appears to be addressing the symptom as …

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August, 2018

July, 2018

  • 26 July

    New report points to big problems with vehicle recalls

    If you have one of these in your dashboard, “It’s kind of like having a ticking time bomb right in front of you every time you drive,” said Jason Levine, the head of the industry watchdog Center For Auto Safety. Levine is not surprised the investigation found NHTSA “lacks documentation …

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  • 18 July

    Audit faults U.S. oversight of auto safety recalls, Takata inflators

    Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said the report confirms “long-held concerns that NHTSA is failing the American public by taking a hands-off approach to recall oversight. The agency’s records indicate sloppy and incomplete documentation of manufacturer recalls, and it is well documented NHTSA does not …

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  • 17 July

    Ford’s Takata Airbag Settlement Promises Relief for Consumers

    Ford’s class-action settlement agreement over Takata airbags promises to give consumers some relief as the massive recalls—affecting 37 million vehicles and 50 million airbags—drag into the fourth year. It’s the seventh such deal cut by the class-action attorneys handling claims against the 19 car companies involved in the largest and …

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  • 17 July

    AVs Don’t Need to Be Regulated Yet, Car Safety Chief Says

    The US federal government doesn’t need to impose autonomous vehicle regulations yet and continues to take a voluntary approach to their safety, the Transportation Department’s ranking safety official says. “A need to regulate has not yet been demonstrated with these nascent technologies,” because connected and autonomous vehicle technologies are still …

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  • 15 July

    Growing concern over fire risk involving Kia vehicles

    “Sadly, bring a fire extinguisher in your car. If you smell something burning, it’s probably your car.” —Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety Click here to view the full clip from NBC News. 

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  • 13 July

    US agency urges automakers to speed up Takata recalls

    DETROIT — The U.S. government’s road safety agency is urging automakers to speed up replacement of potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement Friday that Heidi King, it’s top official, has met with 19 affected companies urging them to accelerate the …

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