While relatively rare, seatback failures have been injuring and killing people for decades. According to one estimate, roughly 50 children have been killed each year since 2001 in rear-end crashes, and experts say that some of those fatalities were likely from front seats collapsing backwards.
Since 2016, General Motors has fought orders to replace allegedly defective Takata airbags in over six million of its pickup trucks and SUVs, arguing in a series of petitions that the recall is unnecessary because the airbags are safe. Four years after receiving the first of the petitions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to rule on them, leaving owners of the vehicles in limbo.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched an ad campaign aimed at young male motorists – who tend to ignore railroad crossings and try to cross the track ahead of an oncoming train. The “Stop! Trains Can’t” ad is the latest in a two-year effort by DOT to reduce accidents and fatalities at railroad crossings around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have partnered in the nationwide effort.
An evening out turned tragic when Christine Alexander made the decision to get behind the wheel of a car with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.14 (almost twice the legal limit). Alexander crashed her vehicle into her boyfriend, who was ahead of her on his motorcycle. He flew 65’ into the air, crashed onto her windshield and then landed on the pavement. He did not survive.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) thinks a technology known as Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) could help eliminate some or all of the 10,265 drunk driving deaths on U.S. roadways each year.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is taking a proactive safety approach to protect vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorized access by releasing proposed guidance for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity.
Traffic deaths in the first half of 2016 are still going up, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging parents and teens to take essential steps to prevent accidents during National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16-22).
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is issuing Federal policy for automated vehicles, laying a path for the safe testing and deployment of new auto technologies that have enormous potential for improving safety and mobility for Americans on the road.
Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. An estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
As of this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires rental car agencies to fix any and all open safety defects before renting out vehicles to customers. The new legislation requiring it was recently passed by the Congress in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015.