National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
“One congressman even likened it to driving down the road with a shotgun pointed at your face.”
Frustrated that cars recalled for serious safety defects aren’t getting fixed quickly enough, the nation’s auto safety chief will host a gathering of automakers to search for solutions.
Statistics show that automakers issued 803 recalls totaling almost 64 million vehicles in the U.S. last year — more than double the old record.
The recommendations help to encourage the auto industry to adopt additional safety features, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there were 58 deaths involving Jeep Libertys from the 2002 through 2007 models years where the vehicle caught fire in a rear-impact crash.
“Quite frankly, it’s a black eye for our industry.”
A report raises serious questions about the NTSA’s ability to keep the public safe.
The watchdog group said that power failures in thousands of Chrysler vehicles can cause the them to stall while being driven.
The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired.
The probe announced Friday covers about 394,000 midsize cars from the 2006 through 2008 model years.