Center for Auto Safety News

Safety Agency Pulls Obama Proposal to Require Event Data Recorders in Cars, Trucks

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday it is withdrawing a 2012 Obama administration proposal to require event data recorders in all new cars and trucks because it says automakers have voluntarily installed the devices in nearly …

Consumer Groups Accuse Tesla of Deceptive Marketing of Autopilot

A pair of consumer advocacy groups want the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla Inc., charging that the company’s advertising and other promotional claims about the safety and capability of its Autopilot driver-assistance technologies are deceptive. “Two Americans are …

Driverless Vehicle Makers Get to Steer Own Safety Oversight

The U.S. Transportation Department unveiled a new policy that permits companies developing autonomous vehicles to self-police the technology’s safety, a move that drew plaudits from automakers but criticism from safety advocates. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the policy incorporates concerns …

Lawsuit Claims U.S. Delinquent in Enforcing Rear Passenger Seat Belt Law

A new lawsuit accuses the U.S. government of being too slow to implement rules requiring that rear seat vehicle passengers be warned when they fail to buckle their seat belts. In a complaint filed on Wednesday, two nonprofits said the …

Center for Auto Safety Names Levine to Succeed Ditlow as Executive Director

The non-profit Center for Auto Safety has appointed Jason K. Levine as its new executive director. Levine succeeds the late Clarence M. Ditlow III, who headed the organization for 40 years. Ditlow died from cancer last November. Levine, a consumer …

Regulators Investigating Fatal Collision of Tesla on Autopilot

U.S. regulators are investigating a fatal accident involving a Tesla Motors Inc. sedan that was driving on autopilot, drawing scrutiny to a key technology the electric-vehicle maker is betting on for the future of self-driving cars. The crash involved a …

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, …

Safety Chief Rosekind Shifts Defective Car Oversight into Overdrive

The U.S. auto safety watchdog, long criticized as toothless and slow, is showing both bark and bite under its new boss – a testimony to his credentials as a safety expert and a hardening of the administration’s policy after a …

Fatal Houston Fender-Bender Shows Shortcomings of Recalls

By the time Carlos Solis IV laid eyes on the silver Honda Accord in a Texas used-car lot last April, the sedan had changed hands twice, been in at least two crashes and still had a defective air bag that …

Safety Group Seeks GM Bailout Information

The U.S. Treasury’s role in shielding General Motors Co. from car lawsuits after a 2009 bailout of the automaker isn’t confidential and should be made public, the Center for Auto Safety told a federal judge. The safety association’s president, Clarence …