NHTSA http://michiganradio.org en Chrysler says 'no' to NHTSA recall in rare move http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-says-no-nhtsa-recall-rare-move <p align="LEFT">In a rare move, Chrysler is saying "no" to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a recall.</p><p align="LEFT">The agency wants the Detroit automaker to recall 2.7 million vehicles.</p><p align="LEFT">NHTSA claims a defect increases the risk of fire in rear crashes involving Jeep Grand Cherokees built in the 1993 to 2004 model years&nbsp; and in Jeep Liberties&nbsp;built in the 2002 to 2007 model years.</p><p align="LEFT"><font face="Times New Roman">Chrysler says the agency's reasoning is deeply flawed and the vehicles are safe.</font></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:11:30 +0000 Tracy Samilton 12882 at http://michiganradio.org Chrysler says 'no' to NHTSA recall in rare move Toyota pays record fine for delaying recall, failure to report defects http://michiganradio.org/post/toyota-pays-record-fine-delaying-recall-failure-report-defects <p>Toyota Motor Corp. will pay a record $17.35 million fine for its failure to report a safety defect to federal officials and for delaying the subsequent recall.</p><p>The fine, levied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the highest civil penalty relating to recall violations ever paid out to the organization, the Detroit Free Press reports.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121218/BUSINESS01/121218011/Toyota-fined-maximum-penalty-failing-report-safety-defects">Freep</a>:</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:51:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10420 at http://michiganradio.org Toyota pays record fine for delaying recall, failure to report defects Feds expand investigation of Jeep Wrangler fires http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-expand-investigation-jeep-wrangler-fires <p>DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators have expanded an investigation into Jeep Wrangler fires.</p><p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking Chrysler for information about Wranglers from 2007 through 2012.</p><p>That is an expansion of a probe that began March 28, and focused on vehicles from the 2010 model year.</p><p>Chrysler makes Jeeps. It sold more than 532,000 Wranglers from 2007 through March.</p><p>The government says 23 Wrangler owners have complained about fires. Complaints say four people were hurt and two houses were damaged. Three of the injuries were minor burns.</p><p>Chrysler had no immediate comment on the expanded probe Wednesday. It has said the Wrangler meets or exceeds all safety standards and has an excellent safety record.</p><p>An investigation can lead to a recall. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:40:27 +0000 The Associated Press 7004 at http://michiganradio.org Feds expand investigation of Jeep Wrangler fires Federal investigation into Chevy Volt fire danger ends http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-investigation-chevy-volt-fire-danger-ends <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The government ended its safety investigation into the Chevrolet Volt on Friday after concluding that the Volt and other electric cars don&#39;t pose a greater fire risk than gasoline-powered cars.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The agency began studying the Volt last June after a fire broke out in one of the cars three weeks after it was crashed as part of safety testing. Two other fires occurred later related to separate safety tests, and NHTSA opened an official investigation into the vehicle on Nov. 25.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 23:51:58 +0000 The Associated Press 5888 at http://michiganradio.org Federal investigation into Chevy Volt fire danger ends NHTSA investigating possible Jeep air bag problem http://michiganradio.org/post/nhtsa-investigating-possible-jeep-air-bag-problem <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are investigating reports that the air bags on some Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles are suddenly going off without a crash happening.</p><p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that in four of seven confirmed cases, the front driver-side air bag went off, while in three, both the driver- and passenger-side air bags deployed.</p><p>The investigation involves an estimated 387,356 vehicles made during the 2002 and 2003 model years. Five of the seven reports involved injuries.</p><p>Some owners said they saw the air bag light come on, or intermittently come on, before the air bags went off. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:34:40 +0000 The Associated Press 4325 at http://michiganradio.org NHTSA investigating possible Jeep air bag problem