National Highway Traffic Safety Administration News

Nissan Expands Global Recall by 260,000 Vehicles

Nissan Motor Co. expanded a global recall of cars using Takata Corp.-made air bags, which have been linked to four deaths in Honda Motor Co. cars. Nissan will call back 260,000 vehicles worldwide, including 104,905 units in Japan, Yuriko Masuda, …

Congress Hits Auto Safety Agency’s Role in GM Recalls

Both houses of Congress scolded the U.S. highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles. David Friedman, acting chief …

‘Click It Or Ticket’ Push Begins in Texas

No excuses: wear your seat belt. Texas is part of the 13th annual “Click It or Ticket” safety effort to make sure travelers buckle up. The campaign that began Monday and runs through June 1 means law enforcement officers are …

Carmakers, Regulators Looking Into Flaws in Air Bag Technology

When Ford Motor Co. recalled 600,000 sport-utility vehicles last week, it became the fourth carmaker this year to acknowledge an issue with malfunctioning air bags. So far in 2014, automakers in the U.S. have recalled about 6.6 million cars and …

GM Submits Ignition Recall Documents to Safety Agency

General Motors Co. said it has submitted most of the answers that U.S. safety regulators sought from the automaker about a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. In response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM …

U.S. to Mandate Rearview Cameras on Vehicles by 2018

The U.S. government said on Monday it will require new cars and light trucks sold in the United States to have rearview cameras by May 2018, a regulation intended to prevent drivers from backing into pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic …

For Safety Advocates, GM Recall Highlights Cuts in Government Investigations

The U.S. office responsible for monitoring safety defects in cars has had its budget stagnate and its staff cut by one-fifth from highs more than a decade ago, when Congress tried to strengthen it. While no one has connected cuts …

GM Kept Ignition Switch Fix Secret from Owners

General Motors Co. took advantage of a regulatory gray area to address an engine defect almost a decade ago, leaving most car owners unaware that their vehicles may have been unsafe. Rather than issue a recall, GM sent notices to …

Automaker Recalls Hit 22 Million in 2013

Automakers recalled 21.9 million cars and trucks in the U.S. last year, a nine-year high. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said automakers initiated 632 separate vehicle recalls in 2013, up 9 percent from the prior year. Companies are saving …

U.S. to Propose Standards for Talking Cars

U.S. regulators will take a step toward making talking cars a reality today, as Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is expected to propose standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications that could prevent crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration scheduled a news conference …