Missing: State Vehicle Safety Law Deficiencies

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released a report titled “Missing.” The report covers what the organization believes is a huge public health epidemic: state vehicle safety law deficiencies. Missing, in this instance not only describes the lack of laws, but also the lives lost and injuries suffered over the last ten years as a result of these deficiencies.

Fix Rejected – Volkswagen Back to the Drawing Board

Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) said, “Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions tests and then tried to cover it up. They need to make it right.” CARB rejected the latest proposed engine fix as “incomplete,” sending Volkswagen back to the drawing board one day before VW CEO Matthias

Takata Airbag Recall Numbers Very Likely to Grow

Yesterday, Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, advised that the Takata airbag recall numbers “very likely to grow, perhaps by a lot.” So far, the recall impacts over 19M vehicles produced by 11 different companies. Rosekind said, “The fact that this crisis festered for so long. That some made efforts to

NHTSA Recall Completion Rates in the Takata Crisis

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the naughty list this year. In Washington, DC that is; the North Pole has yet to issue a comment. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) certainly commented about NHTSA’s recall completion rates in the Takata airbag crisis, though. The Senators’ statement follows.

OnStar Unhelpful to Non-Subscribers in Emergencies?

A potentially sad holiday story had a happy ending. According to 12WHAM in Rochester, New York, 89-year old Anthony DePinto left home on December 17 and got lost. Anthony has dementia. He didn’t have a cell phone but thought that OnStar would be willing to help him and pressed the button. They weren’t, though. OnStar unhelpful to non-subscribers in emergencies?

Driving with NO Airbags

As bad an idea as that may seem, some drivers are choosing driving with no airbags over risking an explosion of defective Takata airbags. Millions of drivers are waiting for recall replacements but, for the majority, there’s no end in sight. One man took matters into his own hands, literally, and removed the Takata airbags from his vehicle.

Toyota Recalls 1.6M Vehicles, Says Takata Airbags Still Unsafe

A new recall has been issued by Toyota regarding Takata airbag inflators. This recall is for vehicles in Japan only and affects 1.6M vehicles that were recalled, inspected and deemed safe enough to not repair earlier this year. Nissan recently reported a previously inspected vehicle’s airbag inflator exploded, seriously injuring a passenger. This prompted Toyota to issue this massive recall. The company will replace the airbag inflators with a Takata model that does not contain ammonium nitrate.