Consumer advocate Ralph Nader speaks to members of the media outside a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on October 30, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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Ralph Nader Slams Politicians for Making NHTSA ‘Meek’

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come under fire from safety advocacy groups claiming it’s not doing its job. The groups are calling for action and hope that the Department of Transportation will better enforce car safety regulations. For the past 50 years, consumer advocate and NHTSA co-founder Ralph Nader has been a proponent …

The word, RECALL, is displayed on a smartphone.
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Recall Alert: 3 Million Ford and Mazda Vehicles Over Airbag Concerns

The Takata airbag safety recall has been ongoing for many years. But, it is not over. The NHTSA is recommending Ford recall 3 million more vehicles over airbag concerns.  What’s wrong with the airbags? The original Takata airbag recall was initiated after several injuries and deaths were recorded resulting from the deployment of airbags. After studying the situation, the …

The word, RECALL, is displayed on a smartphone.
Marine & RVs

RV Alert: NHTSA Issues Recalls for Several Brands

Recreational vehicles are supposed to be for fun getaways. But, an RV can be more dangerous than necessary if something about its production is not built correctly or is prone to failure. So, just like cars, an RV can become the subject of a recall too. That is the case with the NHTSA recalls listed …

A red Ferrari 812 Superfast taking a turn at a racetrack
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Recall Alert: Ferrari Has a Window Problem

The NHTSA and Ferrari have announced a recall. The recall involves rear windows are not bonding the way they should. 1,063 units are affected by the recall in the USA.  What vehicle is part of the recall The 2018-2020 model years of the 812 Superfast are the subject of the recall. They were made between …

a white 2020 Kia Optima at speed on the road
Hybrids & Electrics

COVID-19 Surprisingly Just Made Some Cars Stay More Dangerous

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) extended new rules on “quiet cars” once again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The regulations that specifically target electric and hybrid vehicles require them to emit an alert sound that warns pedestrians of their approach. According to the agency, any vehicle that weighs up to 10,000 lbs and moves at a …

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Car Safety Will Improve After This One Little Change

After all of these decades, the hazard warning lights have never changed. And the need for them has not gone away, either. It has become even more important as driving slowly gets back to normal after pandemic shutdowns are being lifted. But now there could be a change to hazard lights since the first ones …

An NHTSA employee poses with the crash test dummies.
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Safety Recall — There’s an App for That

Recalls are a pain. The manufacturer has to save face by issuing the recall, and the consumer is stuck trying to get an appointment to have an inspection or repair accomplished. But, those are not the hard parts or a recall. The hard part is notifying people after vehicles have change hands quickly. Also, sometimes …

A charcoal colored 2021 F-150 sits on a cliff side.
Trucks & SUVs

The Ram 1500 Pickup Truck Is Mysteriously Missing From This List

Pickup trucks conjure up images of intense labor and hard work. Off-roading, rural, country, cowboy, or construction scenes fill your imagination with notions of what makes a pickup truck a pickup truck. They are also generally reputed to be reliable vehicles. The Ram 1500 pickup truck is very popular. It has earned several top spots. …

2014 Ford Explorer XLT crash test
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The NHTSA’s Crash Tests Are Outdated

With modern equipment like seatbelts and airbags, modern vehicles are much safer than they were in the past. Advanced driver-assistance features raise the safety envelope even more. However, as we’ve seen with the state of headlight technology, as well as the loopholes involving large trucks, not every bit of safety legislation has caught up with …

2019 Chevrolet Silverado
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Seat Belt Fires Prompt Chevrolet Silverado Recall

The Chevrolet Silverado’s going through a bit of a rollercoaster-ride recently. On the one hand, there’s a new limited-edition trim out, and it beat the industry average for resale value. However, recent reviews of both the 2020 model and the latest GMC Sierra both found areas for improvement. And now, there’s news of Silverado seat …