Entries in NHTSA (3)


GM Offers Loaner Cars to Volt Owners Amid Battery Malfunction Probe

General Motors(DETROIT) -- General Motors announced Monday it would be loaning out vehicles to the more than 5,000 Chevy Volt owners as it probes a possible malfunction with the electric car's battery packs.

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration drew attention to problems with the 400-pound battery pack that could potentially catch fire days or weeks after the car was involved in an accident.

After crash tests performed by the NHTSA, the lithium-ion battery pack either caught fire or began smoking and shooting out sparks.

In a statement, Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America, said that "even though no customer has experienced in the real world what was identified in this latest testing of post-crash situations, we're taking critical steps to ensure customer satisfaction and safety."

"Our customers' peace of mind is too important to us for there to be any concern or any worry," he added.

Reuss said any Volt owner with safety concerns can request a free loaner vehicle from the automaker while it works on resolving the issue.

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Allstate Hosts Family Driving Challenge

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Allstate Corporation kicked off the weekend by hosting an event aimed at educating drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

Allstate Chairman and CEO Tom Wilson and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator David Strickland joined parents, teens and others at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida for the Allstate Family Driving Challenge held on Friday. The event provided those in attendance with information about the difficulties of distracted driving and the dangers of using cell phones while driving.

"Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic on America's roadways, and our youngest drivers are often the most at risk," said Strickland. "When you're driving, your attention should always be on the road – not on a phone. Allstate's Family Driving Challenge is a great way to demonstrate just how dangerous distractions can be behind the wheel."

A press release from Allstate says that according to data from the NHTSA, almost 5,500 people were killed in the year 2009 in vehicular accidents involving distracted drivers.

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Ford Recalls 1.2 Million F-150 Pickups

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will recall 1.2 million F-150 pickup trucks made between 2004 and 2006 because of an airbag wiring defect.

The airbags can pop out unexpectedly without warning, mainly when drivers start the car.  Numerous injuries have been reported because of the defect, including broken teeth and noses.

In February, Ford recalled about 10 percent -- or nearly 150,000 -- of the F-150 pickup trucks manufactured in 2005 and 2006, claiming they were the only ones with the defect.

But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration argued otherwise, and pushed Ford to recall thousands more trucks which the government says caused at least 98 reported injuries.

The problem, officials say, is a wire bundle under the steering wheel column that rubs against a sharp edge.  It can be fixed by simply wrapping a wire bundle with tape to protect it. ´╗┐

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