NHTSA Vehicle Recalls and Complaints
|Source||National Highway Traffic Safety Administration|
|File Size||1.12 GB|
|Dates Covered||1977-April 2007|
In 2003, NHTSA eliminated lookup tables by changing numeric coded data to a text description.
Record layouts and samples of this database
- Treading on Danger?
KHOU-TV began investigating car tires that lost their tread in December of 1999 “after receiving viewer complaints and a tip from a local Houston lawyer about the tire.” Through interviews with victims and lawyers, KHOU found 30 deaths that were connected to “tread separation on ATX tires. And most of all, we didn’t stop at Texas but for the first time started assembling a national snapshot of similar accidents in states such as New Mexico, California, Florida, Arizona, etc.”
- Asleep at the Wheel: The Government Auto Safety Breakdown
In a series of news and investigative stories the Los Angeles Times “focused on how the deceptions by auto and tire companies coupled with the ineffectiveness of the nation’s auto safety regulators…” Some of the major findings included that “State Farm insurance company had notified federal regulators about problems with Firestone tires as far back as 1998, but got no response” and that “Ford Motor C. was aware of instability problems with its Explorer SUV…but twice had declined to make design changes…”. Reporters found out that ” tires made by Goodyear had been experiencing similar problems to the Firestones and had been linked to several fatal crashes”. Some of the stories questioned the companies’ practice to keep “knowledge of unsafe products out of public eye”. The series raised questions about the efficiency of federal government on safety issues. It pointed out that “the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been thwarted for over two decades from setting or updating auto safety standards because of industry pressure and lack of funding and political support from Congress.”