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Vehicle Safety Watch List released on

February 6, 2015

Statistical support provided by Quality Control Systems Corp. for The Safety Institute, sponsored by Lance Cooper, of the Cooper Firm in Marietta, Ga., in memory of Brooke Melton.


The Safety Institute’s Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List -Tracking Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects to Watch

The Safety Institute’s Vehicle Safety Watch List Analytics and NHTSA Enforcement Monitoring Program is sponsored by Lance Cooper, of the Cooper Firm in Marietta, Ga., in memory of Brooke Melton, who died in a 2010 crash caused by the sudden failure of the ignition in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt. This is the most current of our quarterly reports monitoring potential vehicle defect trends and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall and enforcement activities. These reports will help the public recognize the early signs of emerging, potential problems in the U.S. fleet. The reports also help to identify continuing potential failures to effectively fix issues that are already known.

“Brooke Melton’s death was a preventable tragedy, made all the more heart-breaking by the failure of NHTSA to intervene,” Cooper said. “Through The Safety Institute’s Analytics and Monitoring Program we are bringing some much-needed, independent analysis to potentially emerging defects. At the same time, we will be evaluating the government’s investigative and enforcement process. It won’t bring Brooke Melton back, but it may prevent another defect crisis.” ….. (Read More)

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The Safety Institute does not claim the chart below is a list of defects, but rather these are areas that potentially need more investigation and to prioritize limited resources.

Based on Death and Injury Claims in the Early Warning Reports System to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(Click on a vehicle name below to obtain potentially related consumer complaints to NHTSA.)
Rank This Period

Vehicle and Component

Component Definition

Notes
12012 FORD FOCUS
Steering
SteeringNo Investigations,
no recalls
22008 CHEVROLET COBALT
Electrical
ElectricalInvestigations,
and recalls
3

2008 TOYOTA SIENNA
Power Train

Power Train 

No Investigations,
but recall

4

2011 CHEVROLET CRUZE
Service Brake

Service BrakeNo Investigations,    but recall
5

2007 TOYOTA CAMRY
Speed Control

Speed ControlInvestigations,
and recalls
6

2006 TOYOTA SIENNA
Structure

StructureNo Investigations,
but recalls
7

2012 CHEVROLET CRUZE
Service Brake

Service BrakeNo Investigations,
but recalls
8

2006 CHEVROLET COBALT
Electrical

Electrical

Investigations,
and recalls

9

2007 CHEVROLET COBALT
Electrical

Electrical   Investigations,
and recalls
10

2006 TOYOTA CAMRY
Speed Control

Speed Control     Investigations,
no recalls
11

2009 CHEVROLET COBALT
Electrical

Electrical    Investigations,
and recalls
12

2005 TOYOTA SIENNA
Structure

Structure

Investigations,
and recalls

13

2010 CHEVROLET COBALT
Rollover

Rollover

No Investigations, no recalls for Rollover

Investigations and recalls for Electrical, Airbags and Steering

14

2010 TOYOTA CAMRY
Speed Control

Speed Control

No Investigations,
but recall

15

2005 TOYOTA CAMRY
Speed Control

Speed Control

     Investigations,
no recalls

 

DEFINITIONS AND TERMINOLOGY

  • Electrical System

    Electrical System means any electrical or electronic component of a motor vehicle that is not included in one of the other reporting categories enumerated in subpart C of this part, and specifically includes the battery, battery cables, alternator, fuses, and main body wiring harnesses of the motor vehicle and the ignition system, including the ignition switch and starter motor. The term also includes all associated switches, control units, connective elements (such as wiring harnesses, hoses, piping, etc.), and mounting elements (such as brackets, fasteners, etc.).
  • Latch

    Latch means a latching, locking, or linking system of a motor vehicle and all its components fitted to a vehicle’s exterior doors, rear hatch, liftgate, tailgate, trunk, or hood. This term also includes, but is not limited to, devices for the remote operation of a latching device such as remote release cables (and associated components), electric release devices, or wireless control release devices, and includes all components covered in FMVSS No. 206. This term also includes all associated switches, control units, connective elements (such as wiring harnesses, hoses, piping, etc.), and mounting elements (such as brackets, fasteners, etc.).

  • Power Train

    Power Train means the components or systems of a motor vehicle which transfer motive power from the engine to the wheels, including the transmission (manual and automatic), gear selection devices and associated linkages, clutch, constant velocity joints, transfer case, driveline, differential(s), and all driven axle assemblies. This term includes all associated switches, control units, connective elements (such as wiring harnesses, hoses, piping, etc.), and mounting elements (such as brackets, fasteners, etc.). 
  • Rollover

    Rollover means a single-vehicle crash in which a motor vehicle rotates on its longitudinal axis to at least 90 degrees, regardless of whether it comes to rest on its wheels.
  • Service Brake System

    Service brake system means all components of the service braking system of a motor vehicle intended for the transfer of braking application force from the operator to the wheels of a vehicle, including the foundation braking system, such as the brake pedal, master cylinder, fluid lines and hoses, braking assist components, brake calipers, wheel cylinders, brake discs, brake drums, brake pads, brake shoes, and other related equipment installed in a motor vehicle in order to comply with FMVSS Nos. 105, 121, 122, or 135 (except equipment relating specifically to a parking brake). This term also includes systems and devices for automatic control of the brake system such as antilock braking, traction control, stability control, and enhanced braking. The term includes all associated switches, control units, connective elements (such as wiring harnesses, hoses, piping, etc.), and mounting elements (such as brackets, fasteners, etc.).
  • Steering System

    Steering system means all steering control system components, including the steering system mechanism and its associated hardware, the steering wheel, steering column, steering shaft, linkages, joints (including tie-rod ends), steering dampeners, and power steering assist systems. This term includes a steering control system as defined by FMVSS No. 203 and any subsystem or component of a steering control system, including those components defined in FMVSS No. 204. This term also includes all associated switches, control units, connective elements (such as wiring harnesses, hoses, piping, etc.), and mounting elements (such as brackets, fasteners, etc.).
  • Structure

    Structure means any part of a motor vehicle that serves to maintain the shape and size of the vehicle, including the frame, the floorpan, the body, bumpers, doors, tailgate, hatchback, trunk lid, hood, and roof. The term also includes all associated mounting elements (such as brackets, fasteners, etc.)
  • Suspension System

    Suspension System means all components and hardware associated with a motor vehicle suspension system, including the associated control arms, steering knuckles, spindles, joints, bushings, ball joints, springs, shock absorbers, stabilizer (anti sway) bars, and bearings that are designed to minimize the impact on the vehicle chassis of shocks from road surface irregularities that may be transmitted through the wheels, and to provide stability when the vehicle is being operated through a range of speed, load, and dynamic conditions. The term also includes all electronic control systems and mechanisms for active suspension control, as well as all associated components such as switches, control units, connective elements (such as wiring 2 harnesses, hoses, piping, etc.), and mounting elements (such as brackets, fasteners, etc.).
  • Vehicle Speed Control

    Vehicle Speed Control means the systems and components of a motor vehicle that control vehicle speed either by command of the operator or by automatic control, including, but not limited, to the accelerator pedal, linkages, cables, springs, speed control devices (such as cruise control) and speed limiting devices. This term includes, but is not limited to the items addressed by FMVSS No. 124 and all associated switches, control units, connective elements (such as wiring harnesses, hoses, piping, etc.), and mounting elements (such as brackets, fasteners, etc.). 

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Vehicle Safety Watch List released on 6/24/14 | Vehicle Safety Watch List released on 10/2/14

For methods, see Injury Prevention 2004; 10:88-92, not based on simple counts.
Database: Death and Injury Claims in NHTSA’s Early Warning Reporting System as of July 16, 2014.
Consumer complaints are also provided for background and context.
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