Articles by Alan Levin and Ryan Beene

Records Show Sensors Linked to Boeing 737 Max Crashes Vulnerable to Failure

The crashes of two Boeing Co. 737 Max jets in five months have focused attention on a little-known device that malfunctioned, starting a chain reaction that sent the planes into deadly dives. Pilots have for decades relied on the weather-vane-like …

Honda to Re-Recall 1 Million Cars in U.S. to Replace Faulty Air Bag Parts

Honda Motor Co. will recall more than a million vehicles in the U.S. to replace a batch of faulty air bag parts that were installed as part of the largest auto safety recall in history. A driver in Maryland was …

Dropped Thermos May Have Been Behind Deadly 2017 New York Bus Crash

A dropped thermos wedged between the brake and accelerator pedals of a charter bus may have been behind a 2017 crash in Flushing, New York, that killed three people, U.S. transportation investigators said Thursday. The motorcoach ran a red light …

Study Questions Safety Claims About Tesla Autopilot’s Steering Feature

An analysis of government data disputes a finding by safety regulators and promoted by Tesla Inc. that crash rates of its older vehicles declined after they were equipped with an automatic steering capability. The study, released Friday by Quality Control …

Traffic Fatalities Again Top 40,000; Few Cars on Roads Have Latest Technology

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads reached an estimated 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row in which at least that many people died in vehicle crashes, according to new figures from the National Safety Council. The 2018 total …

Planes, Trains, Autos, Trucks: ’10 Most Wanted’ Transportation Safety Improvements

Federal safety advocates are targeting three of the worst habits by drivers that kill more than 10,000 people a year: speeding, impaired driving and distractions from electronic gadgets. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board unveiled its “Most Wanted” list of …

Federal Safety Investigators Sidelined by Shutdown Begin Heading to Crash Scenes

It’s been four weeks since a van carrying children from a Louisiana church to Disney World in Florida collided with a swerving tractor-trailer, igniting diesel fuel and killing seven people in a fiery crash. Now, federal crash investigators — sidelined …

Cuomo Proposes Banning Stretch Limos from New York Roads

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed banning stretch limousines from the state’s roads as part of a safety crackdown on large for-hire passenger vehicles following the deadliest U.S. transportation accident in nearly a decade. Twenty people were killed in October …

Ineffective Anti-Drone Systems Leave U.S. Airports Facing Risks Like London’s

U.S. airports may be just as vulnerable as London’s Gatwick airport to the kind of illegal drone incursions that shut down the U.K.’s second-busiest hub this week. Counter- drone technology performed so poorly in U.S. government tests in recent years …

Bipartisan Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Stalls on Capitol Hill

A push on Capitol Hill to speed development of self-driving vehicles may not cross the finish line in time for this Congress — casting doubt on the future of unusually bipartisan legislation in Washington. In order to get a final …