Auto and Highway Safety

Survey Finds 27% of Autos Being Sold by CarMax Are Targets of Safety Recalls FairWarining Reports

Survey Finds 27% of Autos Being Sold by CarMax Are Targets of Safety Recalls

More than one in every four vehicles being sold by used car giant CarMax are under recall for safety flaws, including some with potentially deadly defects, according to a survey by auto safety groups. The safety groups, which are waging a court battle to revamp used car sales practices, say the survey underscores the need…

Federal Regulators Ratchet Up Probe of Ford Explorer Exhaust Complaints FairWarining Reports

Federal Regulators Ratchet Up Probe of Ford Explorer Exhaust Complaints

Over the last five years, auto safety regulators have received hundreds of complaints of exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide wafting into the cabins of Ford Explorers. Investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who began looking into the issue only last year, say they’ve uncovered no medical evidence that motorists have been exposed to…

Lots of Love for Driverless Cars, Except From One Group--Drivers FairWarining Reports

Lots of Love for Driverless Cars, Except From One Group–Drivers

As tech companies and automakers, cheered on by the federal government, race to test and promote autonomous vehicles, several surveys show that most motorists don’t want to drive, ride in or be on the road anywhere near them. What’s more, as development efforts pick up steam, the level of public skepticism seems to be mounting….

How Many Deaths?

How many people are killed or seriously injured because of drivers fiddling with their cellphones? Due to widespread underreporting, no one really knows. In 2015, according to estimates of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 deaths caused by distracted driving, including 476 involving the use of cellphones. Depending who you ask, this last…

Don't Drive Distracted, Wireless Industry Says, But Safety Advocates Want More Than Talk FairWarining Investigates

Don’t Drive Distracted, Wireless Industry Says, But Safety Advocates Want More Than Talk

Just after noon on March 29, a pickup truck crossed the center line of a rural road in South Texas and slammed into a church bus, killing 13 members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels. A police report said the 20-year-old pickup driver, who survived, had taken medication and was texting. In other…

At Center for Auto Safety, a New Leader for a New Era FairWarining Reports

At Center for Auto Safety, a New Leader for a New Era

Since 1970 the tiny Center for Auto Safety has wielded enormous influence through its campaigns to recall vehicles for safety-related defects and to push states to enact consumer protections such as lemon laws. But consumer advocates say the Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit is entering a new and perhaps more challenging environment under the Trump administration. And,…

Unbelted Rider in the Back Could Kill Someone in the Front FairWarining Reports

Unbelted Rider in the Back Could Kill Someone in the Front

Editor's note: See update at bottom of story.

People who don’t buckle up when they ride in the rear seat because they think it’s safer back there are wrong. Instead, they pose a serious danger to themselves and those riding up front, according to a new study and crash test video by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The video of that crash…

Despite Hazards, Push to Open Public Roads to Off-Road Vehicles in High Gear FairWarining Reports

Despite Hazards, Push to Open Public Roads to Off-Road Vehicles in High Gear

More than 14,000 people, including roughly 3,200 children age 15 or younger, have been killed in crashes of all-terrain vehicles since federal safety officials began keeping track in the early 1980s. Studies have shown (here and here) that over half of the deaths occur on public or private roads — even though ATVs are required…

Feds Reject Insurance Hike for Big-Rigs, Pleasing Independent Truckers, Rankling Safety Advocates FairWarining Reports

Feds Reject Insurance Hike for Big-Rigs, Pleasing Independent Truckers, Rankling Safety Advocates

Graham Brown was headed to his job as a computer technician when a drowsy big-rig driver swerved into his path and struck his car, sending it flying off a rural Illinois road and into a field. Brown was airlifted to a hospital for a six-hour surgery that saved his life. He suffered collapsed lungs, broken…

Fix Sought for Heat Deaths of Children Left in Cars FairWarining Reports

Fix Sought for Heat Deaths of Children Left in Cars

Editor’s note: See update at bottom of story. Each year, roughly three dozen children die of heatstroke in unattended vehicles. Today three congressmen and a coalition of safety groups announced plans to do something about it, through legislation to require alerts in cars as a reminder that there may still be a child in the…