Latest Automobile safety News

Ford recalls big pickups; tailgates can open unexpectedly

Dec. 6, 2019 12:15 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada because the tailgates can open unexpectedly. The recall covers F-250, F-350 and F-450 trucks from the 2017 through 2019 model years. All the trucks have electric tailgate latch release switches in the...

175 residents cited for registering cars outside their city

Dec. 5, 2019 11:51 AM EST

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — The majority of 176 residents cited for registering their vehicles outside of their Rhode Island city had Massachusetts plates, Woonsocket officials announced Wednesday. Seventy-six percent or 133 of the citations were issued for vehicles garaged in Woonsocket, but registered in...

Deadly defect found in another version of Takata airbags

Dec. 4, 2019 6:04 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A new and distinct problem has been discovered in air bags made by the now bankrupt company Takata which has led to at least one death. The recently discovered malfunction is different than the defect that led to at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, though the result, like...

Are Volusia beaches narrower than in the past?

Nov. 30, 2019 3:01 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the early 1960s, Jim Swoop couldn't say no to sunset surfing. After his lifeguard shifts with Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue on the wide, hard-packed beaches, he'd often go surfing with friends if the conditions were right. Paddling out on his board as far as he...

Fiat Chrysler recall: Ram van fans can overheat, cause fires

Nov. 27, 2019 8:10 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 110,000 vans in North America because cooling fan motors can overheat and cause fires. The recall covers certain Ram ProMaster vans with air conditioning from 2015 through 2018. FCA says in documents filed with U.S. regulators that fans can seize, and a...

Jeep, Dodge SUVs recalled due to risk of engines stalling

Nov. 21, 2019 9:14 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost 700,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause the engines to stall. The recall covers certain 2011 through 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos. Most are in North America. The company says silicon deposits on the contact points of fuel pump...

GM recalls 640K pickups; seat belts can cause carpet fires

Nov. 21, 2019 8:46 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling over 640,000 pickup trucks worldwide because hot gas from a high-tech seat belt can set the carpeting on fire. The recall covers certain 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks. Also included are some 2020 Silverado and Sierra 2500 and 3500...

Safety agency says distracted driver caused fatal Uber crash

Nov. 19, 2019 11:51 PM EST

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday condemned the lack of state and federal regulation for testing autonomous vehicles before finding that a distracted human safety driver was the main cause of a fatal 2018 Arizona crash involving an Uber vehicle. The board criticized the National Highway Traffic...

Mazda recalls vehicles to replace Takata air bag inflators

Nov. 19, 2019 9:47 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Mazda is recalling nearly 117,000 U.S. vehicles for a second time to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. The action covers vehicles recalled from 2013 to 2017 that received Takata replacement inflators because parts from other manufacturers weren’t available. Included...

2 dead as French bridge collapse sends vehicles into river

Nov. 18, 2019 2:32 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A 15-year-old girl and a truck driver died Monday when a road bridge collapsed in rural southwest France, dumping several vehicles into a river and prompting nationwide questions about bridge safety. Bystanders were able to rescue the girl’s mother after her car fell into the Tarn River...