The Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 8,000 of its 2013 Escape compact SUVs because of a potential problem affecting the brake pedal.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is asking the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to look into additional questions about unintended acceleration of Toyota cars.
More than five million Jeep vehicles are being investigated by the federal government for deadly fuel-tank fires caused by rear-impact collisions.
Federal authorities say they've launched an investigation into the 2012 Hyundai Elantra after a vehicle owner claimed the driver-side airbag improperly deployed during a traffic accident, resulting in a severe cut to his ear.
Most of us will admit to firing off a quick text message or eating while driving. Those momentary distractions are all it takes to cause an accident. But there's an equally distracting problem -- one that comes with four legs and a tail.
Ford Motor Co. is the target of a safety investigation involving reports of unintended acceleration.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to postpone the creation of a new rule that would have required rearview back-up cameras in all new cars, pickups and SUVs by 2014.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday unveiled a new crash test dummy to be used to evaluate child safety seats and boosters made for children weighing more than 65 pounds.
For the first time, the federal government is proposing recommendations that would encourage car manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices, the Department of Transportation announced Thursday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its investigation into a possible fire risk in Chevrolet Volt cars after finding little risk of fires in real-world scenarios, the agency said Friday.
Government safety regulators and NASA researchers were right to dismiss electronics problems as a likely cause for unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.
Your eyes aren't deceiving you.
Federal safety regulators announced Friday that they have opened "a formal safety defect investigation" into the Chevrolet Volt over concerns the electric car's battery may pose a significant fire risk.
Federal safety regulators are investigating the safety of lithium-ion batteries after a fire started in the battery pack of a Chevrolet Volt three weeks after the vehicle went through a crash test.
The Chevrolet Volt earned a top five-star rating in thee federal government's new, tougher crash test rating system. Under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new rating system, all vehicles are given a single rating of one to five stars encompassing front and side impact safety as well as resistance to rollovers.
Government investigators have found nothing wrong with the steering in 2009 and 2010 Toyota Corollas, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has concluded, closing a roughly 15 month investigation into complaints about the cars.
When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently asked Ford to recall 1.3 million trucks over an airbag problem, Ford answered with a plan of its own. It only recalled a fraction of what the safety agency asked for.
An intensive 10 month investigation into possible causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota cars found no fault with the automaker's electronic throttle control systems, the Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.
Passenger vehicles will have to keep occupants, even those not wearing seatbelts, from going through the side windows during a rollover, according to a new regulation announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Thursday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a new auto safety regulation Friday that would, essentially, require rearview back-up cameras in all new cars, pickups and SUVs by 2014.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rolls out a new safety rating system Tuesday -- one with more rigorous standards.
Bentley Motors is recalling of hundreds of cars with faulty hood ornaments that pose a potential hazard to pedestrians, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Traffic deaths have hit their lowest level since 1950, the year fatalities behind the wheel began to be tracked, according to the latest government statistics.
Hyundai-Kia Motors is recalling more than 35,000 cars with fire-prone electrical wiring systems, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is upgrading its investigation into possible stalling problems in nearly 1.2 million Toyota Corolla and Matrix cars.
Federal car safety regulators are warning owners of 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans of possible dangers from floor mats.
Automakers and advocates for the blind have agreed on a plan to address an unintended problem caused by electric and hybrid cars: They endanger sight-impaired and distracted pedestrians because they make no noise when running on electric power.
The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking the maximum fine of $16.4 million against Toyota Motor Corp. for failing to notify the agency of a "sticky pedal" defect in its cars for at least four months.
Final rules for new fuel economy standards were unveiled by the government Thursday, placing the national average for all vehicles at more than 34 miles per gallon, well above current levels.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Tuesday that his agency has enlisted scientists from NASA to help uncover whether electronic defects are to blame for unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.
In response to Toyota's recent recall crisis, Consumers Union is calling for improvements in the U.S. car safety net to catch infrequent but fatal problems -- such as the troubled automaker's unintended acceleration -- more efficiently.
Federal safety regulators have proposed a set of guidelines for states to create laws that would ban text messaging while driving.
The U.S. will open an investigation Thursday to probe possible steering issues on about 500,000 Toyota Corollas.
Government regulators said Tuesday they have demanded documents from Toyota to determine if the automaker conducted its recent recalls in a timely manner.
A government agency said Monday that there has been a spike in consumer complaints about Toyota cars and trucks in recent weeks, following the carmaker's recall of millions of vehicles.
As Toyota recalls millions of cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an average of 25 percent of U.S. consumers who get recall notices don't follow through and fix their vehicles.
Toyota has added the brake system of a Lexus hybrid vehicle to a growing list of problems with various models, the company said Friday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Thursday it is opening a formal investigation into problems with the braking system of Toyota's Prius hybrid.
Some 905,000 Chevrolet Cobalts built between 2005 and 2009 are the subject of a preliminary evaluation by federal officials because of complaints that drivers may lose control of the electronic power steering system.
General Motors is recalling some 22,000 Chevrolet Corvettes, because of potentially leaky roofs, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday.
Federal regulators announced Tuesday the recall of 110,000 Toyota pickup trucks in 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Fewer Americans are driving drunk, but roughly one in six drivers on weekend nights is on drugs, according to a data released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey.
President Obama hasn't even signed the "Cash for Clunkers" legislation into law yet, but already criminals and some unscrupulous car dealers are using it to dupe consumers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put out another recall warning the owners of some Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SUV's, pickup trucks, vans and cars that their vehicles have a defect that could cause them to catch fire at any time.
The tiny Smart ForTwo, recently introduced in the U.S. car market, gave a less-than-stellar performance in its first crash test by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a formal investigation into possible fires in General Motors' new full-size SUV.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on new study about children and possible overmedication.
An energy bill that requires the average fuel economy of all the nation's cars and trucks to be 35 miles per gallon by 2020 sounds sweeping, but don't look for any immediate big changes in the kinds of vehicles sold in this country.
Every year, millions of dollars' worth of vehicles end up as masses of tangled sheet metal and twisted parts in crash tests across the country. Those tests have saved millions of lives since they began six decades ago.
As many as 295,000 sets of car fuses, each containing 120 fuses, are being recalled because some allow more electrical current through than they should, according to a newspaper report.
New passenger vehicles will be required to provide head protection in side crashes for 2013 model-year vehicles, the government said Wednesday.
Traffic deaths in the United States dropped to a record low last year, according to figures released Monday by the Department of Transportation.
The company that imported Chinese tires at the center of a recall demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will recall the tires and replace them until the company, Foreign Tire Sales (FTS), has run out of funds.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered a recall of 450,000 light truck tires that could have an increased risk of tread separation.
Of course you have a car safety seat, but are you using it properly? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates misuse to be as high as 80 percent.
Honda Motor Co. is recalling 81,000 Accord sedans in the United States because of faulty wiring in an airbag sensor on the driver's side, U.S. regulators said Friday.
Consumer Reports, the consumer product testing magazine, announced Thursday that is withdrawing a recent report on rear-facing infant car seats after learning of a problem in the way some of the tests were conducted.
Everyone's familiar with the idea of "black boxes" in commercial airliners. They keep a record of everything the aircraft does so that, in the event of an accident, investigators can reconstruct what happened in the minutes leading up to the crash.
Proposed federal rules designed to make car roofs stronger in case of a vehicle rollover, already under attack as too lax by safety advocates, are now being criticized by automakers as too tough, according to a published report.
Ten states, along with the District of Columbia, have filed a lawsuit against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, calling the new fuel efficiency standards a "sham," the attorney general for Connecticut said Tuesday.
Drowsiness is the single biggest attention-related risk factor on the road, said a new study released Thursday that followed drivers constantly through commutes and crashes alike.
A new study lends scientific credence to what many already suspect: Drivers dabbing on makeup, chatting on cell phones or eating breakfast are three times as likely to be involved in a crash as more attentive motorists.
Despite improvements an engineering and safety technology, smaller passenger vehicles still have higher death rates than larger vehicles, according to a report released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Auto safety advocates are criticizing new rules requiring stronger vehicle roofs because of a provision that would limit lawsuits against auto manufacturers.
The death rate in auto crashes went down again last year, according to data released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But there were some exceptions to that trend.
SUVs are more stable and less prone to rollovers than they were in 2001, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday.
Cell phones and other wireless devices contributed to the most automobile crashes, near-crashes and other incidents, according to a published report of a government study due to be released later this month.
The tire industry wants the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to weigh in on a growing debate over whether consumers should replace older tires that are not worn, according to a published report.
The use of electronic devices such as cell phones, including hands-free, precipitated many crashes and near misses, according to a report Thursday.
Consumers may soon be able to see a vehicle's safety rating posted as part of the basic information on a car's window sticker, according to a report Friday.
The Federal crash-test program may understate rollover and side-impact risks, a newspaper report said Thursday, citing a government report.
Starting in September, all new vehicles will be equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems that could save about 120 lives a year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Friday.
Q. We followed your advice and bought a 2004 Acura MDX at a discount. The manual suggests using premium gasoline. Do I really have to pour the high-priced stuff into this car?
Ford's new Five Hundred sedan earned the best possible score of five stars for front and side impact protection for occupants in all seating positions, according to new test results of 2005 models released Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Federal safety regulators Thursday demanded that DaimlerChrysler recall up to 600,000 vehicles from two of the most popular lines on the road, the 4x4 Dodge Durango and the four-wheel drive Dodge Dakota pickup, due to problems with front-end ball joints.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration passed two new regulations this week designed to make car seats safer.
General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are expanding the use of anti-rollover technology on their popular sport/utility models, addressing a major safety risk for the vehicles.
Auto tires degrade with age, even if they are never used. So an auto safety consulting firm has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require that all tires, like milk, have a clearly printed "born on" date.
The Chrysler 300 sedan and its corporate cousin, the Dodge Magnum wagon, received the highest safety rating for passenger cars in the first group of 2005 models tested by the government.
Electronic stability sensors seem to be effective in reducing rollovers and single-vehicle crashes, especially in SUVs, safety regulators said Thursday.
Federal auto safety regulators proposed new rules Wednesday requiring automakers to include a system to gauge tire pressure on all new cars.
U.S. auto safety regulators introduced a rule Monday requiring automakers to install safer power window switches in all models within five years in a move to prevent injuries to children.
Widely dispersed populations connected by narrow two-lane highways. That's a recipe for dangerous driving, according to a simple examination of state-by-state traffic fatality counts as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More densely populated states have fewer traffic deaths per 100,000 population.
Last month, General Motors Saturn unit was forced to recall 246,000 of its VUE sport-utility vehicles, after the vehicle's rear suspension broke during rollover testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new, more detailed, rollover rating still isn't telling you enough, some safety experts say.
The 4-wheel drive Chrysler Pacifica received the top ranking among all 2004 model year sport/utility vehicles that have been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new, more detailed, roll-over ratings. The new rating system was announced today.
When you're choosing a new car, you've got to have priorities. You need performance. You need room to carry stuff. You need style. You need fuel economy. But there's one factor that should beat them all: safety.
If you're shopping for a new sport utility vehicle and you want to buy one that's less likely to roll over in a crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star rollover resistance ratings can be helpful.
When National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a new round of star ratings for rollover resistance last week, many media reports pointed out that SUVs had "improved" in their stability.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration released rollover ratings for 2004 sport utility vehicles today.
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