National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The probe announced Friday covers about 394,000 midsize cars from the 2006 through 2008 model years.
“This day has been a long time coming, and we urge automakers to move quickly to beat the 2018 deadline.”
Graco Children’s Products has added more than 403,000 child seats to last month’s recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles.
A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars.
Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped by buckles that may not unlatch.
U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that power-assisted brakes can fail at times in Camry gas-electric hybrids.
NHTSA is investigating whether Tesla’s Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car’s underbody and battery.
The NHTSA says automakers who claim ratings higher than 5 stars are misleading the public.
The probe covers 205,000 vehicles including Grand Vitaras from the 2006 through 2011 model years and SX4s from 2007 through 2011.
The government is asking automakers to put stronger limits on drivers’ interaction with in-car touch screens in an effort to curb distracted driving.