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  • Title: The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to Navigation.. Latest News.. Jeep Grand Cherokee Fires Homepage.. Cell Phones and Distracted Driving.. Letter to NHTSA Administrator Strickland Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Fires - 5/23/12.. Chrysler CEO Marchionne Asked to Show Social Responsibility He Stresses Recall Jeep Grand Cherokee With Fire Death Rate 20 Times Ford Explorer.. CAS Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder re: NHTSA Freedom of Information Act and Transparency.. Statement on Failure to Pass Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010.. Ford Windstar Rear Axle Failure.. FTC Petitioned to Halt Enterprise’s Deadly Practice of Renting Defective Vehicles.. School Bus Seat Belt Mandate Urged by Leading Safety Groups.. Toyota Sudden Acceleration.. Action Alerts.. Don t Be A Geographic Recall Victim.. CAS Seeks Ford Escape Sudden Acceleration Recall.. Justice Department Title Check for Salvage/Lemon Vehicles.. Chrysler GM Bailouts Bankruptcies.. Airbag Study Shows Huge Variation In Safety Records.. Ford 3.. 8L Head Gasket Trouble.. Court Orders Ford To Recall 1.. 8 Million Vehicles In California For Stalling.. Safety group sounds seat belt alarm on millions of cars.. Destruction of the Research Safety Vehicle (RSV).. Its Not Hot in Death Valley and It Doesnt Snow Hard In Buffalo.. Home.. auto.. defects.. fuel.. economy.. file.. complaints.. view.. books &.. reports.. become a.. member.. lawyers &.. experts.. lemon.. laws.. video.. archive.. blog.. garage.. Search this site:.. CAS Campaigns.. Airbags.. Auto Industry Fines.. Car Book Best Bets.. Computers Electronics.. Congress.. Crown Victoria Fires.. Defect Investigations.. FTC.. Landmark Documents.. Lawsuits.. Missing in FARS.. Oil Sludge.. Press Releases.. Recalls.. Rollover/Roof Crush.. Rulemaking.. Seat Belts.. Service Campaigns.. Small Car Safety.. SUV s.. Tires.. Vehicle Fires.. Lemon Laws by State.. Buyers Beware! Find out what the Lemon Laws are in your state.. CLICK HERE.. About CAS.. Privacy Policy.. 1825 Connecticut Ave, NW.. Suite 330.. Washington, DC 20009-5708.. (202) 328-7700.. 2006 Center for Auto Safety.. Get Vehicle Info.. Steps:.. #1:.. Select a Make.. ACURA.. ADVENTURE.. AERO.. AIRSTREAM.. ALFA LEISURE.. ALFA ROMEO.. ALINER.. ALLEGRO.. ALLEN CAMPER.. ALLSTAR..  ...   ISUZU.. ITASCA.. JAGUAR.. JAYCO.. JEEP.. JENSEN.. K-Z.. KAWASAKI.. KENWORTH.. KEYSTONE.. KIA.. KING OF THE ROAD.. KME.. KOMFORT.. KRYSTAL KOACH.. LAFORZA.. LAMBORGHINI.. LANCIA.. LAND ROVER.. LAZY DAZE.. LEISURE STAR.. LEXION.. LEXUS.. LINCOLN.. LOTUS.. MALLARD.. MARATHON.. MASERATI.. MAZDA.. MERCEDES.. MERCURY.. MERKUR.. MG.. MINI.. MIRAGE.. MITSUBISHI.. MITSUBISHI FUSO.. MOBILE TRAVELER.. MOBILITY MINIVAN.. MONACO COACH.. MONACO RV.. MOTO GUZZI.. MOTOBECANE.. MOTOR COACH.. NATIONAL.. NATIONAL RV.. NATIONAL VAN.. NEW FLYER.. NEW HORIZONS.. NEWELL.. NEWMAN.. NEWMAR.. NIMROD.. NISSAN.. NISSAN DIESEL.. NOMAD.. NORTHWOOD.. NORTON.. NORTON/TRIUMPH.. NU WA.. NU-WAY.. OASIS.. ODYSSEY.. OLDSMOBILE.. OPEL.. OPEN RANGE.. OPEN ROAD.. ORION.. PACE AMERICAN.. PACE ARROW.. PACIFIC COACHWORKS.. PALOMINO.. PANTERRA.. PANTHER.. PEERLESS.. PEUGEOT.. PIAGGIO.. PLEASURE WAY.. PLYMOUTH.. POLARIS.. PONTIAC.. PORSCHE.. PREVOST.. QUEST.. R-VISION.. RENAULT.. REXHALL.. ROADSTAR.. ROADTREK.. ROCKWOOD.. ROLLS ROYCE.. ROYALE.. S/T.. SAAB.. SADDLEBACK.. SAFARI.. SAFARI COACH.. SAFELINE.. SAFETY FIRST.. SALEEN.. SANDTANA.. SANTA FE.. SATELLITE.. SATURN.. SCANIA.. SCION.. SCOTT.. SCOTTY.. SEAGRAVE.. SEBRING COUPE.. SETTLER.. SHASTA.. SHELBY.. SIMCA.. SKYLINE.. Smart.. SOLECTRIA.. SPACE CRAFT.. SPARTAN.. SPECTOR.. SPICER.. SPICER CHASSIS.. SPORT TRAILER.. SPORTSCOACH.. SPRINGFIELD COACH.. STALLION.. STANLEY.. STARBUS.. STARCRAFT.. STARFIRE.. STARFLYER.. STARLITE.. STARSHUTTLE.. STARSTREAM.. STARSTREAM 24QB.. SUBARU.. SUN HAWK.. SUN VALLEY.. SUN-LITE.. SUNDIRO.. SUNDOWNER.. SUNLAND.. SUNLINE.. SUNNYBROOK.. SUNRADER.. SUNRAY.. SUZUKI.. TENT TRAILER.. TESLA.. TETON.. TETON HOMES.. THOR.. THOR CALIFORNIA.. THOROUGHBRED TRAILERS.. THULE.. TIARA.. TIFFANY.. TIFFIN.. TITAN.. TOYOTA.. TOYOTA VAN.. TRADEWINDS.. TRAIL MANOR.. TRAILS WEST.. TRAILSTAR.. TRANSAMERICAN.. TRANSPORT DESIGNS.. TRAVEL INDUSTRIES.. TRAVEL STAR.. TRAVEL SUPREME.. TRAVEL TRAILER.. TRAVELCRAFT.. TRAVELSTAR XLT.. TRAVIS.. TRIPLE E RV.. TRIUMPH.. TURTLE TOP.. URAL.. VAN AMERICAN.. VANS UNLIMITED.. VAUXHALL.. VECTRIX.. VENTURE.. VESPA.. VICTOR.. VICTORY.. VIKING.. VILLA.. VINTAGE.. VOLKSWAGEN.. VOLVO.. VULCAN.. WEEKEND WARRIOR.. WEST COACH.. WEST TEXAS.. WESTERN.. WESTERN AUTO.. WESTERN STAR.. WESTPORT.. WESTWIND.. WHEELED COACH.. WICKED WOMAN.. WIDETRACK.. WILDERNESS.. WILDFIRE.. WINNEBAGO.. WORKHORSE.. YAKIMA.. YAMAHA.. YAMAHA V STAR.. YUGO.. ZAP.. #2:.. Select A Model.. #3:.. Select A Year.. Recalls, Service Campaigns, Crash Ratings, Investigations, Complaints, Hot News, TSB, Related Links, Multimedia.. CAS Bookstore.. You can find books, reports, our newsletter and more in our.. online bookstore.. ICA Certified.. more Autosafety TV.. Blog Garage..

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  • Title: Jeep Grand Cherokee Fires Homepage | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Home.. Submitted by brooksm on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 2:46pm.. Tagged with:.. >.. Grand Cherokee Fuel Tank Fires.. Victims.. MY 2002-2012 Jeep Liberty Fatal Fire Crashes, 1992-2012.. MY 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokee Fatal Fire Crashes, 1994-2013.. MY 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Fatal Fire Crashes, 1992-2012.. 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Crashes in Early Warning Reporting system.. News.. WUSA 9 Emmy Award Winning Series on Jeep Fires.. New York Times Articles on Jeep Fires.. Chrysler, NHTSA Meet as Jeep Fire Probe Continues.. - 8/27/13.. Crazy Ray’s Give Away!.. - 6/26/13.. Chrysler's quick fix for recall: slap a tow bar on it.. - 6/25/13.. Center for Auto Safety Dissatisfied With Chrysler’s Jeep Recall.. - 6/24/13.. Jeep plan: Peace, but no cure-all.. Jeep Trailer Hitch Recall Remedy May Increase Jeep Fuel Tank Fires: Former NHTSA Administrator CAS Call for Jeep Crash Tests As Done in Pinto Recall.. - 6/21/13.. NHTSA to meet with Chrysler critics.. Chrysler CEO, LaHood held secret meeting to avert Jeep fight.. -.. 6/20/13.. Consumer Group Calls Chrysler’s Jeep Fix Inadequate.. - 6/20/13.. NHTSA Statement on Chrysler Announcement Regarding Action on 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys.. Chrysler Gives in on Fixing Jeeps Linked by U.. S.. to Deaths.. - 6/19/13.. CAS Statement on Chrysler's Agreement to Recall Fire-Prone Jeeps.. - 6/18/13.. Chrysler wins cut from feds, recalls 1.. 56 million Jeeps.. Chrysler agrees to recall 1.. 6M vehicles to address fire risks.. Dispute Ends as Chrysler Agrees to Fix Older Jeeps.. Chrysler retracts, honors NHTSA’s request to recall nearly 2.. 7 million Jeep SUVs over rear-mounted fuel tank woes.. Chrysler Shifts Stance, Will Recall Jeeps.. Chrysler Resolves NHTSA Request By Voluntarily Recalling 1.. 56 Mln Jeeps.. Chrysler, Regulators Stand Down in Jeep Recall Battle.. Chrysler to Provide Trailer Hitches to Late-Model Jeeps.. Chrysler recall avoids showdown with government over Jeep models for fire risk.. Chrysler Gambling on Jeep Recall Refusal.. - 6/8/13.. Chrysler, profits over people's lives.. - 6/7/13.. So NHTSA, Where's the Old Cherokee?.. VIDEO: Jeep in deadly northeast Harris County accident part of Chrysler recall dispute.. - 6/6/13.. Chrysler sales head defends decision to defy recall.. - 6/5/13.. VIDEO: Witness: Whole Jeep Went  ...   Seat in Rear Crash.. - 4/5/12.. Letter to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne re: Jeep Fire Crashes in 2010 FARS.. - 1/25/12.. Second Letter to Chrysler Chairman Sergio Marchionne Re: Orlando Crash.. - 11/17/11.. - 9/1/11.. Letter to NHTSA Administrator Strickland with Marchionne Letter.. Letter to NHTSA Admin.. David Strickland - July 8, 2011.. - 6/8/11.. Letter to NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation Re: Undercounting of Fire Fatalities.. - 1/28/11.. CAS Petition to Expand Scope of Jeep Investigation.. - 12/10/10.. CAS Letter to NHTSA re: Missing Jeep Grand Cherokee Fires in FARS.. - 10/29/10.. 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recall Petition.. - 10/2/09.. NHTSA Investigation.. Part 573 Defect Information Report - 2002-07 Liberty and 1993-98 Grand Cherokee.. Sample Owner Notification Letter - 1993-98 Grand Cherokee.. Sample Owner Notification Letter - 2002-07 Liberty.. Chrysler Response to NHTSA ODI Request for Recall.. (6 MB) - 6/18/13.. NHTSA ODI Request for Recall of 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty Vehicles.. 6/3/13.. Chrysler Response to NHTSA Information Request.. - 12/13/12.. NHTSA Information Request to Chrysler.. - 10/18/12.. EA12-005 Opening Resume.. Jeep Grand Cherokee Defect Petition File.. PE10-031 Investigation File.. NHTSA Information Request to Chrysler re: Grand Cherokee Fire Investigation.. - 9/3/10.. Opening Resume PE10-031 Jeep Grand Cherokee Fuel Tank Fires.. - 8/23/10.. Jeep Grand Cherokee Test 5380 - FMVSS 301.. - 1/10/95.. Crash Tests.. Jeep Grand Cherokee Crash Tests Page.. Chrysler/Jeep Documents.. Chrysler Statement on Recall.. Chrysler White Paper on NHTSA's Recall Request.. - 6/3/13.. Chrysler SEC Filing Form 10K.. MY 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Chrysler's Analysis of FARS Data.. - 4/16/11.. Fuel System Design, Chrysler Passenger Cars and Trucks - August 24, 1978.. Related Documents.. Paul Sheridan to NHTSA Administrator Strickland - February 9, 2011.. - 2/9/11.. Paul Sheridan Letter to NHTSA Administrator Strickland re: Chrysler Confidentiality.. - 9/27/11.. NHTSA Letter to Paul Sheridan re: Chrysler Confidential Submission to PE10-031.. - 10/14/11.. Nader Targets Pre-2003 Jeep Grand Cherokees as 'Modern Day PintosNader to Fiat Chief Engineer on Grand Cherokee Fuel System Recall, 2-8-11.. - 2/8/11.. Nader to Fiat Chief Engineer on Grand Cherokee Fuel System Recall, 2-8-11.. Statement of Ralph Nader re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Fires.. - 1/26/11..

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  • Title: Cell Phones and Distracted Driving | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Submitted by brooksm on Wed, 07/08/2009 - 3:01pm.. CAS Comment Re: NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines - 5/18/12.. CAS Testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.. - 11/4/09.. CAS Board Member Nicholas Ashford ON NPR’s Talk of the Nation.. - 1/11/10.. CAS FOIA and Related NHTSA Documents.. NHTSA - Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines For In-Vehicle Electronic Devices.. 4/28/13.. DOT Press Release: New Research Shows Enforcement Cuts Distracted Driving - 7/11/11.. Draft Letter to Governors from the Department of Transportation.. NHTSA Cell Phone Policy Draft.. NHTSA Distraction Statement Draft.. The Relationship Between On-Road Wireless Phone Use and Crashes.. - 7/7/2003.. The Relationship Between On-Road Wireless Phone Use and Crashes (Abridged Version).. - 7/2003.. Status Summary: Using Wireless Communication Devices While Driving.. NHTSA Communications Plan on Wireless Devices.. NHTSA Talking Points on Wireless Communication Devices.. NHTSA Driver Distraction Expert Working Group Meetings.. - 11/10/2000.. NHTSA Driver Distraction Internet Forum.. - 11/15/2000.. CAS v.. NHTSA Cell Phone Study Settlement.. - 3/17/2009.. CAS Files FOIA Lawsuit over NHTSA Cell Phone Study.. - 12/1/2008.. NHTSA Response to CAS FOIA Appeal.. - 9/12/2008.. CAS FOIA Appeal.. - 5/29/2008.. NHTSA Response to CAS FOIA.. - 4/29/2008.. CAS Files Freedom of Information Act Request with NHTSA Re: Cell Phone Study.. - 3/27/2008.. CAS Files Freedom of Information Act Request with DOT Re: Cell Phone Study.. CAS Petition Information.. Click here to view the CAS petition to NHTSA.. - 1/21/2007.. NHTSA Denial of CAS Cell Phone Petition.. - 6/3/2008.. Article: Safety Group Seeks to Curb In-Car Tech Chatter.. - 1/23/2007.. Related Information.. New Study Confirms the Brain’s Inability to Safely Drive and Use a Cell Phone.. - 6/12/13.. Think You Know All About Distracted Driving? Think Again, Says  ...   Secretary Ray LaHood Announces New Details on Distracted Driving Summit.. - 8/18/09.. U.. Secretary of Transportation Blog re: Distracted Driving.. - 8/4/09.. Senate Bill to Encourage Texting Bans.. - 7/29/09.. Editorials.. - 7/26/09.. Automakers Promoting Unsafe Driving Through New Technologies.. Do Cell Phones Kill 1000 People a Year?.. - 10/31/2008.. Cell Phone Laws may not Make Roads Safer.. - 3/25/08.. National Safety Council Calls for Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving.. - 1/12/2009.. - 1/23/09.. Lawsuit Verdict For Cell Phone Distraction.. - 6/12/2007.. NHTSA : Driver Electronic Device Use in 2007.. -6/2008.. New York Times Series on Distracted Driving.. Lobbyists Try to Reframe Distracted Driving Issue.. - 7/6/10.. Government Bans Texting By Truck and Bus Drivers.. - 1/26/10.. Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards.. - 1/6/10.. Bills to Curb Distracted Driving Gain Momentum.. - 1/1/10.. Promoting the Car Phone, Despite Risks.. - 12/6/09.. High-Tech Devices Help Drivers Put Down Phone.. - 11/22/09.. When Texting Kills, Britain Offers Path to Prison.. - 11/1/09.. Many in U.. Want Texting at the Wheel to Be Illegal.. -.. Texting While Driving Banned for Federal Workers.. - 10/1/09.. Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab.. - 9/27/09.. Driver Texting Now an Issue in the Back Seat.. -9/8/09.. Doubts About Scare Tactics on Drivers Who Text.. - 8/31/09.. Utah Gets Tough With Texting Drivers.. - 8/28/09.. Federal Agency Plans Distracted Driving Forum.. Cabbies Stay on Their Phones Despite Ban.. - 8/3/09.. In Study, Texting Lifts Crash Risk by Large Margin.. - 7/27/09.. The Truth About Cars and Cell Phones.. - 7/22/09.. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving.. - 7/20/09.. Gauging Your Distraction.. - 7/19/09.. Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks.. - 7/18/09..

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  • Title: Letter to NHTSA Administrator Strickland Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Fires - 5/23/12 | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Submitted by brooksm on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 4:08pm.. Click here to view the letter.. Grand Cherokee Fuel Tank Fires Information..

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  • Title: Chrysler CEO Marchionne Asked to Show Social Responsibility He Stresses & Recall Jeep Grand Cherokee With Fire Death Rate 20 Times Ford Explorer | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Submitted by brooksm on Thu, 09/01/2011 - 12:48pm.. September 1, 2011.. In a letter sent today to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.. , the Center for Auto Safety released a comprehensive analysis of fires in 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees showing the Grand Cherokee with the fuel tank behind the rear axle had a fire death rate 20 times higher than the Ford Explorer with a fuel tank in front of the rear axle.. The analysis showed how Chrysler's own crash tests revealed the deadly design details including a fuel filler hose that pulled loose.. It also showed how crash tests at FHWA and KARCO Engineering confirmed that survivable rear impacts produced massive fuel leaks which would result in fires.. Citing a commencement address by CEO Marchionne at the University of Toledo which stressed social responsibility, CAS Executive Director Clarence Ditlow said:.. "How apt that you made this address in Toledo the home of the Jeep and where the Grand Cherokee is made because the terrible and rising  ...   assumption of the moral duty to be proactive in building our future.. " The future of the new Chrysler lies in not only the marketability of its new models but also how it handles the legacy of its older models, particularly the toxic 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee depicted in the hauntingly surreal photo of the burned out hulk of the 1997 Grand Cherokee that terribly burned the Austin sisters and burned Jose Sierra to death.. ".. "The 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee designed by the old Chrysler Corporation and corrected by relocation of the fuel tank in 2005 by DaimlerChrysler has and will continue to claim a terrible toll of burn victims.. As the CEO of the new Chrysler Group LLC who has spoken out about the social responsibility of leaders not to close their eyes to problems but to find solutions, the Center for Auto Safety and the families of victims call on you to recall all 1993-04 Jeep Grand Cherokees.. # # #.. Austin-Sierra Post-Accident Photo..

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  • Title: CAS Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder re: NHTSA Freedom of Information Act and Transparency | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Submitted by cas on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 4:16pm.. Click here to view the letter in.. PDF format.. Click here to view the Response from the Department of Justice.. Click here to view the CAS Reply Letter.. Related News.. Obama Cabinet Flunks Disclosure Test with 19 in 20 Ignoring Law.. - 9/28/12..

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  • Title: Statement on Failure to Pass Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Submitted by cas on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 4:10pm.. by Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director Center for Auto Safety.. With highway deaths once again rising after a 4-year downturn, Congress' failure to pass the Motor Vehicle Safety Act is a public healthtragedy.. In a year that began with runaway Toyota's ended with Windstar rear axle fractures, one thing is clear - NHTSA does not have the authority or resources to stand up to an auto industry that always has and always will place profits above safety..

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  • Title: Ford Windstar Rear Axle Failure | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Submitted by cas on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 2:02pm.. Recall News.. Regional Recalls.. After years of stonewalling, Ford has agreed to recall 1998-03 Windstars for rear axle that crack and can break in half.. CAS began receiving complaints in 2008 and brought the failures to NHTSA’s attention.. Yet it was not until after John Arout of Staten Island NY began a campaign for a recall and got the.. New York Times’ attention.. that.. NHTSA opened an investigation.. on May 13, 2010.. NHTSA.. based its investigation on 234 complaints.. including two accidents.. On July 20, 2010,.. Ford denied there was a defect.. and told NHTSA 1999-03 Ford Windstars “have performed well despite their age (some have been in service for more than 12 years) and the cumulative mileage they have traveled (over 120 billion miles).. This information also demonstrates that the vehicles should remain controllable even in the event of a complete axle fracture and separation.. ” Just one month and 6 days later on August 26, 2010 under pressure from NHTSA,.. Ford agreed to a voluntary recall.. of all 1998-03 Windstars made through February 28, 2003 but limited the  ...   include Utah as a covered state.. The recall itself is proving to be as tortured a process as the events leading up to the recall.. Replacement axles will not be available.. until January 2011.. In the meantime, owners are bringing their Windstars in for inspection with those that have cracks in the rear axle.. either being bought by Ford.. or the owners.. given rental cars until repair parts are available.. The risk to the public of the delayed recall is obvious.. One fatal crash occurred in Massachusetts in late October just three days before the owner got the.. futile recall notice.. in the mail.. Related News:.. ‘.. ABC World News’ Plans Report on Ford Windstar Recall.. - 12/21/10.. Death Preceded Safety Agency’s Warning on Ford Windstar.. - 12/15/10.. Minivan recall grows as victim's family speaks out.. Related Documents:.. Opening Resume.. Closing Resume.. NHTSA Information Request to Ford.. - 6/4/10.. Ford Response to Information Request.. - 7/20/10.. NHTSA Presentation to Ford.. - 7/21/10.. - 7/27/10.. Ford Recall Notice.. - 8/26/10.. Email from CAS to NHTSA.. - 10/22/10.. Ford Dealer Bulletin Supplement.. - 10/28/10.. Ford Amended Recall Notice.. - 11/30/10..

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  • Title: FTC Petitioned to Halt Enterprise’s Deadly Practice of Renting Defective Vehicles | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Submitted by brooksm on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 10:22am.. Rental Car Recall Repair Practices.. Immediate Release: August 9, 2010.. Two auto safety advocacy groups, joined by the mother of two girls killed in the crash of a defective vehicle knowingly rented to them by Enterprise Rent-A-Car,.. today petitioned the Federal Trade Commission.. to take action to stop Enterprise and its owner company from renting out recalled but unrepaired vehicles to customers.. Employees of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and its owner, Enterprise Holdings the company that also owns the National and Alamo car rental businesses have admitted that the company s procedures allow them to rent out cars that have been recalled by a manufacturer due to a safety defect but not yet repaired, and to withhold this information from customers.. There is nothing in place that keeps an employee from renting that car Enterprise s corporate offices looked the other way regarding this fact, a company manager has testified.. The petition, to remedy Enterprise s deceptive trade practices, was filed by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS), Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), and Carol S.. Houck.. Enterprise Holding is North America s largest provider of rental vehicles.. In 2004 Ms.. Houck s daughters, Raechel and Jacqueline, rented a PT Cruiser from Enterprise in California.. The vehicle had been recalled for a power steering hose defect that was known to cause an underhood fire, but Enterprise failed to have the defect corrected, and also failed even to inform the two girls about the existence of the defect to give them the choice of not renting the car.. The car caught fire while traveling on the highway, causing a loss of steering and a head-on collision with a semi-trailer truck.. The girls were killed instantly.. After five years of litigation, and one month before trial on the merits, Enterprise admitted to 100 percent liability in the two girls deaths.. Trial  ...   stop Enterprise from making claims suggesting that its rental vehicles are safe, such as in ads that use misleading words like well-maintained and security and reliability to describe their vehicles.. Not only is it deceptive for Enterprise to fail to disclose its practice of renting out recalled but unrepaired vehicles, it is deceptive of Enterprise to have such a practice in the first place.. Only strong FTC enforcement action will stop Enterprise from renting unsafe vehicles to consumers and send a message to all rental car companies to park recalled cars until fixed, said Ditlow.. The petition notes that a simple remedy is available and should be adopted by the company:.. once Enterprise receives the official notice of the recall, the affected vehicles should be immediately parked until fixed.. This is the same duty that new car dealers have been assigned by the federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act and is appropriate for Enterprise under the circumstances.. Enterprise has already proved itself capable of living up to this remedy when it publicized in early February 2010 that it had removed from its fleet 83 percent of the affected Toyota vehicles within days of Toyota announcing its intent to recall them for the sticking accelerator problem and before Toyota had provided the official notification letter to owners.. The petition also notes Enterprise can monitor, through NHTSA and its contacts with manufacturers, the reports of intent to initiate a recall that manufacturers file with NHTSA.. These reports precede, by weeks or months, the notification letters that go out to owners.. Enterprise can use that time to prepare for the recall and perhaps even to repair the vehicles in question before the recall notice is received.. Copies of the full petition and attachments are available at.. www.. autosafety.. org.. Petitioners may be contacted at the following phone numbers:.. Clarence Ditlow, CAS: (202) 328-7700.. Rosemary Shahan, CARS: (530) 759-9440.. Carol Houck: (805) 479-2545..

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  • Title: School Bus Seat Belt Mandate Urged by Leading Safety Groups | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Submitted by brooksm on Fri, 03/19/2010 - 9:20am.. Rulemaking Petitions - NHTSA.. School Bus Safety.. In the wake of a fatal school bus crash in Connecticut, leading highway safety, public health and child protection groups have joined in a.. petition.. to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to “promptly mandate” that all school buses be equipped with seat belt systems in every seating position.. The January 9 school bus crash in Hartford claimed the life of one child and seriously injured others.. Like the vast majority of large school buses in America, the bus lacked seat belts for its child occupants.. In the crash some of the children became flying objects within the bus, impacting other children and the bus’s interior surfaces.. “We were all airborne,” one child reportedly said.. “Kids were getting thrown all around the bus.. ”.. In their petition, the safety organizations noted that NHTSA has failed to require lap-shoulder belts in large school buses despite decades of evidence they are needed.. Instead, the agency has relied solely on requiring “compartmentalization” – high seat backs, padding and seat anchorages – to protect children in crashes of large school buses.. Its present rule requires lap-shoulder belts in school buses of 10,000 lbs.. GVW or less.. However, although acknowledging that lap-shoulder belts would result in “optimum protection” for large school bus occupants, the rule merely  ...   with no seat belts, five occupants were ejected, with resulting severe injuries to some of them.. In contrast, a school bus overturn in Florida – which requires lap but not lap-shoulder belts in large school buses – resulted in no ejections and one serious child injury.. NHTSA’s grant of safety groups’ petition would extend the lap-shoulder belt requirement to large school buses manufactured in the future.. It would also provide an incentive for State and local jurisdictions to require retrofitting of existing large school buses with lap-shoulder belts so that they were as child-safe as new models.. The petition was signed by The National Coalition for School Bus Safety (NCSBS), Center for Auto Safety (CAS), Public Citizen (PC), Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), Consumers Union (CU), KidsandCars.. org, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Consumer Federation of America (CFA), SafetyBeltSafe U.. A.. , the Trauma Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, 2safeschools.. org, Safe Ride News, the Advocacy Institute for Children, Belt Up School Kids, the Coalition for Child Safety, Nancy Bauder, Lynn Brown, Norm Cherkis, Ruth Spaulding, and Rhea Vogel.. A copy is available online at.. http://www.. org/school-bus-seat-belt-mandate-urged-leading-saf.. Questions concerning the petition may be addressed to Arthur Yeager, at (732) 321-0423, or.. alyeager@aol.. com.. NHTSA Denies Petition for Seat Belts on School Buses..

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  • Title: Toyota Sudden Acceleration | The Center for Autosafety
    Descriptive info: Submitted by brooksm on Thu, 11/05/2009 - 11:04am.. Sudden Acceleration.. Statement of Clarence M.. Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety, On S.. 3302, The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010, Before the Senate Commerce, Science Transportation Committee.. - 5/19/10.. Summary of Clarence M.. Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety, On Proposed Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010,Before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, House Energy and Commerce Committee.. - 5/6/10.. Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety, On Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Before the Senate Commerce, Science Transportation Committee.. - 3/2/10.. Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety, On Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Before the House Oversight Government Reform Committee.. - 2/24/10.. DOT AND NHTSA.. Toyota Motor Corp.. Will Pay Record $17.. 35 Million in Civil Penalties for Alleged Violations of Federal Law.. - 12/18/12.. NHTSA Administrator Strickland Letter to Senator Charles Grassley re: Toyota Investigation.. - 7/27/12.. USDOT Proposes Updated Safety Standard to Prioritize Braking Control, Reduce Risk of High-Speed Unintended Acceleration for Nation's Cars.. 4/12/12.. DOT Inspector General Report - Process Improvements Are Needed for Identifying and Addressing Vehicle Safety Defects - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.. - 10/6/2011.. NHTSA and NASA Unintended Acceleration Studies.. NHTSA/Toyota Civil Penalty Settlement Agreement.. - 4/19/10.. Secretary LaHood Announces DOT is Seeking Maximum Civil Penalty from Toyota.. - 4/5/10.. NHTSA Launches Probe into Timeliness of Three Toyota Recalls.. - 2/16/10.. Consumer Advisory: NHTSA’s Advice to Toyota Customers.. - 2/10/10.. NHTSA Consumer Advisory on Toyota Recalls.. - 2/1/10.. NHTSA Statement Concerning the Safety Recall of 3.. 8 Million Toyota Vehicles.. Toyota Announces Fix for Accelerator Pedal Entrapment Problem.. - 11/25/09.. Camry/Solara/ES300 Complaint and Claims Charts submitted to Senate Commerce Committee.. NHTSA Study: "An Examination of Sudden Acceleration," Jan.. 1989.. NHTSA Study: "Electromagnetic Interference Effects on Motor Vehicle Electronic Control and Safety Devices, Volume I - Summary".. - Nov.. 1976.. NHTSA Study: "Electromagnetic Interference Effects on Motor Vehicle Electronic Control and Safety Devices, Volume II - Measurements, Analysis and Testing".. NHTSA Study: "Electromagnetic Interference Effects on Motor Vehicle Electronic Control and Safety Devices, Volume III - Automotive EMC Guidelines".. NHTSA Study: "Investigation of Electromagnetic Interference Effects on Motor Vehicle Electronic Control and Safety Devices".. - Oct.. 1975.. NHTSA 2007 Lexus ES-350 Acceleration Test Report EA07-010.. CONGRESS.. Sen.. Charles Grassley Letter to NHTSA re: Tin Whiskers.. - 7/12/12.. Motor Vehicle Safety Act after full committee markup.. A Tougher Car Safety Agency.. - 7/30/10.. Letter to Congress from Auto Industry Re: Motor Vehicle Safety Act.. - 7/15/10.. Auto safety bill is scaled back in face of industry opposition.. - 7/12/10.. Energy Commerce Committee Requests More Information on Toyota Brake System.. - 6/29/10.. Energy Commerce Committee Approves Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010.. - 5/26/10.. Section-by-Section Summary of H.. R.. 5381 MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY ACT OF 2010 Committee on Energy and Commerce.. House Energy Commerce Committee Information on Toyota Recall.. Hearing on Update on Toyota and NHTSA’s Response to the Problem of Sudden Unintended Acceleration.. Senate Commerce, Science Transportation Committee Hearing, S.. 3302, The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010.. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Hearing, ".. ".. - 5/14/10.. Boxer Introduces Legislation to Close 'Revolving Door' Between NHTSA, Automakers.. - 4/28/10.. Committee on Energy and Commerce Requests Information on Electronic Throttle Control Systems from Toyota.. - 4/16/10.. Committee on Energy and Commerce Requests Information on Electronic Throttle Control Systems from Exponent, Inc.. Chairman Towns Hits Toyota For Lack of Disclosure.. - 2/26/10.. Letter from Chairman Edolphus Towns to Yoshimi Inaba.. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Hearing, "Response by Toyota and NHTSA to Incidents of Sudden Unintended Acceleration".. - 2/23/10.. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Letter to James E.. Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, U.. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Letter to Ray LaHood, Secretary of U.. S.. Department of Transportation.. House Energy and Commerce Documents.. House Bill Re: Use and Risks of Electronic and Microprocessor Systems in Automobiles.. - 6/20/90.. LOS ANGELES TIMES ARTICLES.. NEW YORK TIMES  ...   ES 350 – Investigation PE07-016.. (See EA07-010, Recall 07E-082).. 2007-08 Camry, Lexus ES 350 – Investigation EA07-010.. (See PE07-016, Recall 07E-082).. 2004 Sienna – Investigation PE08-025.. (See EA08-014, Safety Improvement Campaign 09V-023).. 2004 Sienna – Investigation EA08-014.. (See PE08-025, Safety Improvement Campaign 09V-023).. Meeting Minutes, October 15, 2008 Toyota Presentation.. Toyota and Lexus Deaths and Injuries Claims in NHTSA’s Early Warning Reporting System through 2009.. Toyota and Lexus Deaths and Injuries found in Death Incident Investigations.. NHTSA Early Warning Reporting, 2010 Quarter 1 Speed Control Deaths in Toyota Vehicles.. NHTSA Early Warning Reporting, 2010 Quarter 1 Speed Control Deaths and Injuries in Toyota Vehicles.. DEFECT PETITIONS.. 1983-84 Camry – Defect Petition DP86-08.. (See PE90-021, Recall 90V-040).. 1997-00 Lexus LS, GS 400 – Defect Petition DP03-003.. (.. Federal Register Notice.. ).. 2002-03 Lexus ES 300 – Defect Petition DP04-003.. (See PE04-021).. NHTSA ODI Memo re: 2002-2003 Camry Complaints.. 2002-05 Camry, Solara, Lexus ES – Defect Petition DP05-002.. 2002-06 Camry, Solara – Defect Petition DP06-003.. 2006-07 Tacoma – Defect Petition DP08-001.. 2002-03 Lexus ES 300, 2007 Lexus ES 350 – Defect Petition DP09-001.. SPECIAL CRASH INVESTIGATIONS.. NHTSA Special Crash Investigations (SCI) Description.. 2005 Toyota Camry Sudden Acceleration Investigation (2008-12-077A).. 2007 Toyota Camry Sudden Acceleration Investigation (DS07035).. 2005 Toyota Prius Sudden Acceleration Investigation (DS07010).. 2007 Toyota Tacoma Sudden Acceleration Investigation (CA08-020).. 2009-2010 SCI Toyota Unintended Acceleration Investigations.. CIVIL PENALTIES.. Toyota fined $17.. 35 Million by NHTSA (Floor Mats II).. - 12/17/12.. Toyota fined $16,375,000 by NHTSA (Floor Mats).. - 12/20/10.. NHTSA Information Request to Toyota Re: Timeliness Query TQ10-001.. NHTSA Information Request to Toyota Re: Timeliness Query TQ10-002.. NHTSA Information Request to Toyota Re: Recall Query RQ10-003.. RQ10-003 Opening Resume.. RQ10-003 Document Index.. NHTSA Fines Toyota $250,000 for untimely notification and remedy of fuel tank defect.. TOYOTA CLASS ACTION.. Fairness Hearing on Proposed Settlement.. - 6-14-13.. Continued Fairness Hearing on Proposed Settlement.. - 7-19-13.. Plaintiff Motion to Require $536,000 Appeal Bond.. - 9-19-13.. Opposition to Motion for $536,000 Appeal Bond.. - 9-30-13.. CAS Press Release: Toyota Settlement Appealed over $30 Million Research Education Fund Promoting Toyota’s Interests.. Toyota MDL Homepage.. 'Landmark' Toyota settlement may cover 22 million owners.. - 5/14/13.. Objection to Toyota Class Action Settlement Based on CAS Affidavits.. - 5/10/13.. Declaration of Benjamin Kelley in Support of Objection.. Declaration of Clarence Ditlow in Support of Objection.. TOYOTA DOCUMENTS.. Toyota’s Independent Quality Advisory Panel Headed to Japan.. Toyota to Provide Additional Services to New York Customers Affected by Recent Recalls.. Toyota Boasts of $100 Million Dollar Savings by Dodging Recall.. Toyota Stop Delivery Memo to Dealers.. Toyota Consumer Safety Advisory.. - 9/29/09.. Toyota Dealer Floor Mat Advisory.. Toyota Gas Pedal Recall Statement.. – 11/15/09.. 2008 Draft Toyota Presentation.. 2006 Toyota Presentation.. CONSUMER REPORTS.. What to Do if Your Car Accelerates Out of Control (VIDEO).. Analysis shows over 40 percent of sudden-acceleration complaints involve Toyotas.. - 12/9/09.. TECHNICAL STUDIES.. Electronic Crash, Defect and Causation Analyses.. “Tin whisker analysis of an automotive engine control unit,” CALCE.. (July 2013).. NHTSA Report: Pedal Application Errors.. Risk Assessment of Cruise Control.. - “Tin whisker analysis of Toyota’s electronic throttle controls,” CALCE, U of MD (2011).. - “Statistical analysis of tin whisker growth,” CALCE U of MD (2005).. Electrical Failure of an Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor Caused by a Tin Whisker and Discussion of Investigative Techniques Used for Whisker Detection.. - 9-14-11.. CALCE Prediction of Potential Failures Risks in Toyota Vehicles Confirmed by NASA Scientists.. - 9-23-11 (PowerPoint).. Firmware forensics: best practices in embedded software source-code discovery.. - 10/27/11.. Dr.. Ronald A.. Belt’s Sudden Acceleration Papers, 2012.. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES.. Electronic Vehicle Controls and Unintended Acceleration Study Resource Center.. Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety, Before the National Academy of Sciences On Vehicle Electronic Controls and Sudden Unintended Acceleration.. - 10/12/10.. NHTSA_58 SUA Cases Report - ASA Preliminary Analysis.. NHTSA 22 Self-Actuation Unintended Acceleration Recalls, 1985-2010.. NHTSA 175 Unintended Acceleration Recalls, 1985-2010.. NHTSA Investigation List.. WEBSITES RESOURCES.. Sudden Acceleration Information Group.. Toyota Economic Loss Class Action Preliminary Settlement.. - 12/27/2012..

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