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American drivers still talk, text as much as ever despite laws against it

Americans are using cellphones and other gadgets behind the wheel as much as ever, despite widespread awareness of the risks involved, a federal government agency said Friday. Citing a 2011 survey, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said 660,000 Americans are talking or texting while driving at any given…

Chrysler recalls 11,000 vehicles to fix steering

NEW YORK — Chrysler is recalling more than 11,000 of its 2011 model year vehicles because of a potential steering problem, the US government said Thursday. Certain vehicles “may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in…

Chrysler recalls thousands of Dodge Calibers due to ‘sticky’ acceleration pedals

US automaker Chrysler has recalled some 35,000 Dodge Caliber vehicles worldwide over problems with sticky acceleration pedals, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on its website. Chrysler is recalling 25,000 Dodge Caliber of the 2007 model year sold in the United States, as well as a smaller number…

US authorities knew Toyota had ‘unintended acceleration’ problems since 2003

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Sunday his department was aware some Toyota vehicles had “unintended acceleration” issues in late 2003, three years before it launched a preliminary probe into sticky Toyota floor mats. LaHood’s remarks on his blogsite followed a disclosure by America’s top automobile insurer, State Farm, that it…

US demands Toyota hand over recall-related documents

The United States on Tuesday demanded Toyota hand over documents to officials investigating some of the Japanese automaker’s recent vehicle recalls to determine whether they met safety obligations. The nation’s auto safety watchdog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said it was using its statutory authority to obtain the documents…

U.S. satisfied with Toyota recall remedy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Safety regulators are satisfied with a Toyota Motor Corp. plan for fixing a sudden acceleration problem that is part of a massive recall and unprecedented sales and production halt, a government official said on Saturday.…

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