NHTSA Launches Series of Safety Investigations

The Detroit Bureau - February 25, 2013

Automak­ers Ford, Hon­da and Toy­ota could face safe­ty recalls as NHTSA gets more aggres­sive in requir­ing automak­ers to solve safe­ty-relat­ed issues.

Find out what the NHTSA is inves­ti­gat­ing.

Fed­er­al reg­u­la­tors cau­tion that they have not decid­ed whether recalls are nec­es­sary but auto­mo­tive observers note that, hav­ing come under fire for get­ting too cozy with the indus­try in recent years, NHTSA is get­ting more aggres­sive when it comes to order­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to resolve safe­ty-relat­ed prob­lems.

Toyota’s pop­u­lar Prius – the nation’s best-sell­ing gas-elec­tric vehi­cle – is the tar­get of one of the new inves­ti­ga­tions. A total of 561,000 of the high-mileage hybrids are involved, NHTSA prob­ing reports that the vehi­cles’ steer­ing shafts were improp­er­ly assem­bled.

Ford’s Fusion is one of sev­er­al mod­els under inves­ti­ga­tion due to stalling issues.

The small­est of the three new NHTSA inves­ti­ga­tions tar­gets 87,000 Hon­da Pilots pro­duced for the 2005 mod­el-year. The gov­ern­ment agency has received 205 reports of unex­pect­ed­ly severe brak­ing that could be caused by a faulty sen­sor in the crossover-util­i­ty vehicle’s Vehi­cle Sta­bil­i­ty Assist sys­tem.



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