GM ignition recall prompts investigations, Tesla sales

GM ignition recall prompts investigations, Tesla sales

Recalls are a fact of life in the automobile business.
Crash tests for Jeeps, fuel cells and a muscle car

Crash tests for Jeeps, fuel cells and a muscle car

Auto safety advocates are calling for government regulators to crash-test older model Jeeps to make sure protective trailer hitches actually protect occupants.

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NHTSA limping along, some say

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Americans may be driving unsafe vehicles without knowing it because federal safety investigations are taking longer than they should, consumer advocates say.

Small auto companies fear Big Three bailout

Congress and the White House are one step closer to an auto bailout agreement, but the plan shuns small car companies and doesn't provide enough safeguards to ensure the Big Three change their ways, some experts say.

Bush, Big 3 talk alternative flex fuel

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush and the chairmen of General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler met at the White House Monday to discuss alternative fuels. At a news conference on the south lawn, where several alternative-fuel vehicles were parked, Bush repeated

Consumer group criticizes auto defect rule

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- A consumer group has criticized a U.S. government decision allowing automakers to decide when to advise dealers of a vehicle defect.

Public Citizen demands better seat belts

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen is urging Congress to enact vehicle safety measures to require improved seat belts and other equipment.

Feds toughen light truck fuel standards

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Federal auto regulators have formally raised fuel economy standards to require automakers to boost average mileage for light trucks 1.5 miles per gallon over th

Grand jury investigates Firestone tires

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors in Southern Illinois have subpoenaed documents from lawyers for Bridgestone/Firestone Americas Holding Co. Inc. and Ford Motor Co. in a possible criminal investigation of tire failures.

NHTSA: SUVs will be safer

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Dr. Jeffrey Runge Wednesday told a Senate hearing the government agency would let automakers voluntarily improve t

Automakers pledge to make SUVs safer

DETROIT, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- An industry association of 10 automakers Friday agreed to work together with the federal government to make sport utility vehicles and pickups safer in crashes with smaller cars.

Groups blame high insurance costs on docs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Physician groups argue malpractice insurance premiums are skyrocketing due to frivolous lawsuits and exorbitant jury awards but three consumer groups released a report Thursday they said shows the real causes of the increases are the insurance industry an
STEVE MITCHELL, UPI Medical Correspondent

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Joan Claybrook
Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, speaks out against the Republican Congressional leadership's plans to weaken the House Ethics Committee during a news conference on Jan. 3, 2005, in Washington. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Joan Claybrook (born June 12, 1937) is an American lawyer who served as President of Public Citizen from 1982 until she announced her resignation on December 9, 2008. Previously, she was head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Carter administration from 1977 to 1981.

Claybrook grew up in the 1930s in Baltimore. She graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore in 1959. While working in Washington, she met Ralph Nader, and the two became close friends as they both worked on improving highway and auto safety. In 1966, she teamed up with Nader to successfully lobby for passage of the nation's first auto safety laws - the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Highway Safety Act. These acts empowered the government to establish safety standards for new vehicles and issue recalls for defective vehicles and parts.

Prior to her time with NHTSA, Claybrook ran Public Citizen's Congress Watch, worked for the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the National Traffic Safety Bureau, the Social Security Administration, and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

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