Auto Regulator Has 51 People Tracing 250 Million Cars

Citing 2000 auto-safety law, panel chairman questions GM delay

7. Thats when GM notified the agency it was recalling some models of the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 because of reports that jostling key rings could cause the engines to stall and air bags to fail to deploy. GM has since said it got its first internal report on ignition-switch problems in small cars in 2001, while developing the Saturn Ion. NHTSA officials asked GM as far back as 2007 about those switches after discovering a fatal crash linked to engine-power loss and air-bag failure. 40,000 Complaints Inspector General Calvin Scovels review will be the fourth into the effectiveness of NHTSAs defects-screening process since 2002. In 2011, a report found the office didnt meet its own timeliness goals in more than half the cases and didnt document meetings with manufacturers. The report found no evidence that the offices handling of the Toyota investigation was influenced by former employees who had gone to work for automakers. The NHTSA office reviews consumer complaints for the continuously changing makes and models, which includes 15.4 million newly registered cars and light trucks last year alone, according to IHS Automotive. The agency reviews more than 40,000 consumer complaints a year, which it codes by automotive part, make and model year. Its using more sophisticated data analysis tools, including software provided by International Business Machines Corp.
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The Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act that emerged in 2000, amid media reports that Ford’s Explorer SUVs were rolling over and killing people after their Bridgestone Corp. Firestone tires fell apart, led to a doubling of the spending on defects investigations. The law, known as the Tread Act, also gave the regulators more information about emerging defects through quarterly reports compiling warranty claims, death and injury data from every automaker. That was supposed to give NHTSA the raw data that companies compile and scan for anomalies that would indicate a defect. The system didn’t catch the reports of faulty floor mats and sticky pedals in Toyota vehicles that became a focus of congressional hearings in 2010. It also didn’t catch the GM ignition-switch defect. “A massive information breakdown at NHTSA has led to deadly vehicle breakdowns on our roads,” said Sen, Edward Markey, D-Mass., who along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal , D-Conn., introduced the legislation Tuesday to make more defect data available to the public. GM declined to comment on the legislation. Wade Newton, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers trade group in Washington, said the current warning system has led to more than 5,500 recalls. “It seems premature to assume there are systemic problems, much less to identify specific legislative fixes, before investigations are complete and the data necessary for thoughtful decision-making are gathered,” Newton said. Acting NHTSA Administrator David Friedman and GM CEO Mary Barra are scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 1.
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Learning The Basics for Car Safety

March 26, 2014 – Getting out of a sticky situation can be as easy as knowing how to jump start your car. That was the message at Tires for Less as folks gathered for a hands on car care demonstration. From oil changes tofixing a flat tire, or just checking your tire pressure, the group went through the basics of car maintenance and avoiding being stranded. Mechanics showed different tools and how to use them as well as stressing the importance of having an emergency kit in your car. It’s all about information and empowerment. Organizers are hoping to hold the basic car care demonstrations at least twice a year. Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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Vehicle safety agency NHTSA underfunded, under fire

David L. Strickland, NHTSA

As you can clearly hear, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car has a mighty roar. Mind you, it is fitted with an Akrapovic exhaust system, which the standard car does not get as standard. The Safety Car also features a full host of M Performance Kits, including front and rear aprons, side skirts, and special wheels all blacked-out which is optional extra for the normal models. In terms of engine and powertrain, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car is the same as the standard model, boasting a 430 horsepower turbocharged straight-six a return to form for the M3/M4 and a M-DCT transmission. You can order the road-going model with a manual gearbox if you want, but be advised that one is slower and less efficient. BMW M is proud to be part of the MotoGP success story for the 16th season running. We are delighted that the BMW M4 Coupe experienced its baptism of fire as a safety car out on the racetrack, said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing BMW M GmbH. Four generations of the BMW M3 have combined motorsport genes and unlimited suitability for daily use into one highly emotional overall concept. The BMW M4 Coupe is a natural progression of these fundamental ideas.
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BMW M4 Coupe motogp safety car

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Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), whose panel is investigating GMs belated recall of 1.6million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars, said an auto-safety law passed in 2000 required the automaker to inform regulators about the problem within five business days or face as much as $35million in civil penalties. Graphic A history of GMs ignition problems More business news Citing 2000 safety law, panel chairman questions GM delay Michael A. Fletcher Papers say the automaker learned of problems with the switch in 2001, but failed to notify regulators until 2006. Ally files for IPO that could raise more than $3B Associated Press The U.S. Department of the Treasury plans to sell 95 million shares for between $25 and $28 each. More business news The law, called the TREAD Act, also makes it a crime to intentionally mislead the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration about defects that lead to serious accidents. The Justice Department recently hit Toyota with a $1.2billion fine for violating the law. What troubles me the most is that the TREAD Act was pretty specific: five days. You got a problem, its five days, Upton, the laws chief author, said in an interview. Its not five years; it is not 10 years. Uptons remarks come as lawmakers prepare to grill GM chief executive Mary T.
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Hear the Roar of BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car

BMW M4 Coupe motogp safety car (0) MotoGP cars have always been loved by people because of their sexy designs and also because of their wonderful speeds. People who want to spend money their money for a good and speedy car then the BMW M4 coupe is the best option for them. The engine has got six cylinders in line engine which has got lots of power to move the car at a huge speed. The engine has got twin power technology in it which provides four hundred and thirty horse power of energy. For taking a speed of 100 KMPH the car takes only 4.1 seconds of time which shows what the power this machine has got in it. The safety measures have been provided in this car for providing the drivers who drive in races the complete safety so their lives do not get into any kind of danger by any means. So, get this BMW M4 coupe and enjoy fast riding. Have a look at picture gallery.
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