The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.


Since passage of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, some recalls and investigations stand out from the rest because of their scope, length, importance and/or public attention.  The Ford Pinto will always be remembered for its exploding gas tanks long after everything else is forgotten about the car.  In some historic cases like the Chrysler Minivan Tailgate and the GM Side Saddle Fuel Tank Investigations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) settled for less than a statutory recall even though these were two of the worst safety defects in the history of the agency.

Chevrolet Motor Mounts

Chrysler Minivan Liftgate Latch

Firestone 500 Steel Belted Radials

Ford Pinto Fuel Tank

Ford Transmissions Failure to Hold in Park

General Motors X-Car Brake Lock-up

Audi Sudden Acceleration

Evenflo Child Restraint False Latching

Ford Cruise Control Deactivation Switch Fires

Takata Seat Belt Buckle

Ford Ignition Switch Fires

General Motors Side Saddle Gas Tank Fires

Ford Explorer-Firestone Wilderness/ATX Tire Failure & Rollover

Jeep Grand Cherokee Fuel Tank

General Motors Ignition Switch

Toyota Sudden Acceleration

Takata Airbag Inflator Ruptures