National Highway Traffic Safety Administration News

Rhode Island Bill Would Require School Bus Seat Belts

A Rhode Island lawmaker has introduced legislation that would put seat belts in school buses. Coventry Republican Rep. Robert Nardolillo introduced the bill Friday to require a three-point seat belt for every passenger starting in 2019. This is the third …

Tesla Owner in California Sues Tesla over Sudden Acceleration

Tesla Motors Inc. was sued by a Model X owner in California who said his electric SUV suddenly accelerated while being parked, causing it to crash through the garage into the owner’s living room, injuring the driver and a passenger. …

Federal Officials: 100% of Recalled Volvo Trucks Repaired; A Rare Feat

All 16,000 Volvo heavy trucks that were recalled earlier this year for a dangerous steering problem have been repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s a rare 100 percent completion rate for a recall. Most only get to …

University and San Diego PD Join Forces to Boost Teen DUI Prevention

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine will join forces with the San Diego Police Department to reduce alcohol-impaired driving among San Diego youth between the ages of 15 to 20. Helped by funding from the California …

Seattle Techies Seek Ban on Human Drivers on Stretch of I-5

If you have nightmares about robots taking over the world, here’s something that might really scare you: some tech industry veterans in Seattle want to ban human drivers from a 150-mile stretch of Interstate 5 and reserve it for self-driving …

Tennessee Lawmakers Repeal Underage DUI Law to Avoid $60M Penalty

Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday repealed an underage drunken driving law that threatened to cost the state $60 million in road money by running afoul of federal zero-tolerance standards. The Senate passed the measure 31-1, and the House later followed suit …

Lawmakers Call for U.S. Effort to Thwart Vehicle Hacking

Four Republican members of Congress on Monday urged U.S. auto safety regulators to convene an industry-wide effort to prevent possible attacks on computer systems in vehicles. The lawmakers addressed their concerns in a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic …

Tennessee to Address New Underage DUI Law in Special Session

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is looking to turn back the clock on an underage drunken driving law that threatened to cost Tennessee $60 million in federal road money. The law that went into effect in July raised the penalties …

Kids’ Car Seats, Ridesharing Popularity Prompt Focus on Back Seat Safety

Crash-test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back. Regulators are making the move as part of a new emphasis on the safety of back-seat passengers, …

Uptick in Fatal Crashes Involving Marijuana in Utah

Utah officials say the number of fatal car wrecks in Utah in which drivers tested positive for marijuana has more than doubled in the last three years, according to annual report from the state’s Department of Public Safety. An annual …