NHTSA News

GM Directors Off the Hook; Court Nixes Investors’ Lawsuit Over Ignition Switch

General Motors Co. directors don’t have to face investors’ allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for more than 100 people their lives. GM’s board had adequate risk-assessment systems in place even …

U.S. Pushes for Collision Prevention Technology on All New Cars, Trucks

U.S. safety officials this week called on automakers to begin installing collision avoidance systems in all new passenger and commercial vehicles, saying existing technology could save lives and avoid injuries by reducing rear-end collisions. The National Transportation Safety Board said …

Automakers Frustrated Consumers Ignore Recall Repairs

Even with historic levels of recalled vehicles in 2014, with General Motors Co. ignition switches and exploding Takata Corp. air bags leading to deaths, U.S. regulators say consumers don’t always get the message. Defective cars only get repaired about two-thirds …

2014 One of Worst Years Ever for Vehicle Safety: NHTSA

Carmakers recalled about 64 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the previous record set in 2004, according to official government data. The tally released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closes the book on …

U.S. Adds Automatic Braking to Recommended Car Safety Features

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to add what it considers two “cutting-edge” automatic emergency braking systems to the recommended safety features included under its rating system for consumers. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said  it is recommending two automatic …

Japan Transport Ministry Weighs Additional Air Bag Recalls

Japan’s investigation into dangerous air bags is leading to a remote scrapyard in the central Gifu prefecture, where the explosion of a car model not included in current recalls suggests automakers may have to yet again expand their safety campaigns. …

Chrysler’s Recall Refusal of 2.7M Jeeps Could Invite Major Liability

A defiant Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent Chrysler a letter asking that the company …

Motorcycle Injuries Rise After Helmet Laws Weakened: Study

The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory …

Deaths of Bicyclists, Large Truck Occupants Rise as Other Traffic Fatalities Fall

Deaths of bicyclists and occupants of large trucks rose sharply last year even as total traffic fatalities dropped to their lowest level since 1949, federal safety officials said Monday. Bicyclist deaths jumped 8.7 percent and deaths of occupants of large …

U.S. Transportation Department Proposes Black Boxes in All Cars

Devices that record crash-related data would be required in all new cars and light trucks under a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal made on Friday to broaden their growing use in the United States. The proposed rule, which may stir …