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KDKA Pittsburgh Recall NHTSA Check Tool 5.20.2024

New tool makes it easy for drivers to check for recalls

“It really just makes it easier to go to the NHTSA website and see if they have any open recalls on their vehicle, which is really important,” said Michael Brooks, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety. By Meghan Schiller May 17 2024 From car windows to melting engines and faulty car seats,…

Waymo Minivan Interior AP Waymo Story 5.14.2024

Waymo is latest company under investigation for autonomous or partially automated technology

“Michael Brooks, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, said NHTSA’s more aggressive actions show that autonomous vehicles may not be ready yet for public roads.” By Tom Krisher May 14, 2024 DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has opened another investigation of automated driving systems, this time into crashes…

AZ Family Kia Hyundai Theft Story 05.09.2024

Kias, Hyundais still stolen after free fix to prevent thefts made popular on TikTok

“It doesn’t appear to be a perfect software fix. There are a number of consumers who’ve complained about having their vehicle stolen afterwards,” said Michael Brooks, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, noting it is unclear why the fix isn’t working in some cases. “It could be thieves are finding other ways…

Tesla logo AP Chris Carlson

US probes whether Tesla Autopilot recall did enough to make sure drivers pay attention

“Michael Brooks, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, said NHTSA is looking into where Tesla allows Autopilot to be used. ‘When you hit that point where you’re in the area where Autopilot wasn’t designed to operate and the car knows it’s in that area, why is it still allowed to engage?’ he…

WFTS Tampa Do not drive image 04.29.2024

Automakers are not on deadline to fix dangerous defects in millions of recalled vehicles

“Michael Brooks with the Center for Auto Safety said the recall rate is a problem considering some of the defects involve fire risk and other serious safety issues.” By Jackie Callaway April 26th, 2024 Jay Mills loves his Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid. What he doesn’t love, however, is the defect that could cause the SUV…

WAFB Engine Fire Story 2013 Hyundai Sonata 4.19.2024

Engine malfunction in recalled car’s engine causes fire

“Park the vehicles outside and away from structures. This isn’t a defect that only happens while you’re driving. It can happen after you’ve parked and gone into your house,” said Executive Director for the Center for Auto Safety Michael Brooks. By Deon Guillory April 18th, 2024 A warning for owners of some popular cars. The ride you depend on to get you where you…

Ford Bronco AP Photo Marta Lavandier

Ford is under investigation for Bronco Sport gas leaks. US says its remedy doesn’t fix the problem

Michael Brooks, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, called Ford’s remedy for the fuel leaks a “Band-aid type recall” and said the company is trying to avoid the cost of repairing the fuel injectors. By Tom Krisher April 12, 2024 DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency has opened an…

Ford Sign AP Matt Rourke

Ford recalls nearly 43,000 SUVs due to gas leaks that can cause fires, but remedy won’t fix leaks

Michael Brooks, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, called Ford’s remedy for the fuel leaks a “Band-aid type recall” and said the company is trying to avoid the cost of repairing the fuel injectors. A 1% failure rate, he said, is high, and even with the repairs, drivers still could be forced…

AP Hyundai and Kia Recall Story 04.01.2024

Millions of recalled Hyundai and Kia vehicles with a dangerous defect remain on the road

“They’re putting a Band-Aid on this thing,” said Michael Brooks, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety. “It looks like it’s a cheap fix instead of repairing the entire antilock brake system.” By Tom Krisher April 1, 2024 In September, Hyundai and Kia issued a recall of 3.4 million of its vehicles in…