Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List Tracks Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects
September 22nd, 2017
The Safety Institute recently published its Quarterly Safety Watch List, which tracks 15 top potential vehicle defects to watch. The Vehicle Safety Watch List Analytics and NHTSA Enforcement Monitoring Program is sponsored by Ken and Beth Melton, Cobb County, Georgia whose daughter died in a car crash in 2010. Their daughter, Brooke, died after the ignition module of her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt slipped into accessory position, and she skidded into another vehicle. Documentation showed that General Motors knew about the ignition problem as early as 2001.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recalls and enforcement activities help the public understand potential safety problems, and the Safety Institute’s Analytics and Monitoring Program provides evidence-based data for directing investigatory resources. The program also represents an important step toward identifying potential vehicle defects.
Based on death and injury claims in the Early Warning Reports System to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following vehicles have been named to the September Quarterly Safety Watch List:
1. 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 \ Power Train \ Investigations & Recall
2. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 \ Power Train \ Investigations & Recall
3. 2016 Ford Explorer \ Other \ Investigation, Fuel System
4. 2007 Chevrolet Impala \ Electrical \ No Investigation but Recall
5. 2016 Toyota Tundra \ Structure \ No Investigation but Recall
6. 2015 Ford Explorer \ Fuel System \ Investigation
7. 2012 Chrysler 300 \ Power Train \ Investigations & Recall
8. 2014 Mazda Mazda6 \ Structure \ No Investigations or Recalls
9. 2015 Mazda Mazda6 \ Structure \ No Investigations or Recalls
10. 2013 Chrysler 300 \ Power Train \ Investigations & Recall
11. 2008 Chevrolet Impala \ Electrical \ No Investigation but Recall
12. 2016 Ford F150 \ Visability \ No Investigation or Recall
13. 2013 Nissan Altima \ Latch \ No Investigation but Recall
14. 2012 GMC Acadia \ Structure \ No Investigation but Recall
15. 2007 Mercedes Benz GL \ Fire-related \ No Investigation or Recall
If your automobile is on this list, go to http://www.thesafetyinstitute.org/vehicle-safety-watch-list-12/ for additional information and details on complaints, investigations, and next steps.