Inflators used in certain air bags made by the Japanese supplier Takata Corp. can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website.
The agency says that GM failed to answer roughly one-third of the questions the were required to remit and it is imposing a fine.
NHTSA says it has received 95 reports of incidents of reduced engine power during hard accelerations in F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5L gasoline turbocharged direct injection engines.
A lawsuit filed this week claims Ford Motor Company was installing electronic systems in its vehicles in Europe that could prevent unintended acceleration as early as 2005, but didn’t take the same precautions in the U.S. for another five years.
The problem affects 2009 through 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans as well as Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner small SUVs from the same model years.
The NHTSA told Vega that four extra-large helmets didn’t meet safety standards when tested earlier this year.
Toyota’s been fined again for a familiar problem: not reporting recalls quickly enough to government regulators and for delaying a safety recall.
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Altima vehicles because their bolts could become loose and fall out, increasing the risk of a car crash.
Car companies say consumers will find other ways to use technologies if they can’t use built-in devices.