National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration 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 …

Federal Safety Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving School Bus Test

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in Florida in a driverless shuttle, as the testing could be putting them at “inappropriate” risk. Transdev’s use of …

Safety Agency Faulted for Delayed Action on Auto, Airbag Recalls

A government audit released on Wednesday faulted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s oversight of auto safety recalls and said its “delayed action” may have delayed the expansion of a record-setting callback of millions of vehicles for Takata air bag …

U.S. Autonomous Vehicle Policy Attempts to Straddle Lanes of Safety and Innovation

The new U.S. policy on self-driving cars received a mixed reaction from highway-safety advocates who acknowledged the life-saving potential though warned of a world of “human guinea pigs.” The Transportation Department’s new guidelines give carmakers and states “the green light …

Fatal Auto Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in Texas

The number of fatal auto pedestrian accidents in Texas has risen 36 percent since the Texas Department of Transportation began keeping the records in 2010, recently released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show. Overall traffic fatalities in Texas rose …

Delaware’s Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Bill in Legislative Limbo

A bill requiring motorcycle riders in Delaware to wear helmets remains in legislative limbo after members of the House Public Safety Committee could not agree last week to send it to the House floor or to table it. Current Delaware …

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 …

U.S. Safety Agency Readies for Legal Battle with Takata

U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. air bags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn’t comply with a request to expand a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working as quickly …

Senate Confirms Rosekind As U.S. Highway Safety Chief

The Senate confirmed Mark Rosekind to lead the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has come under criticism this year for not responding more quickly to evidence of potentially deadly vehicle defects. Rosekind, an expert on human fatigue, has …

NHTSA Apologizes for Troubled Website, Bulletin on Airbag Defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration botched its effort to inform the public about a potentially lethal air-bag defect, directing 8 million consumers to an inoperable website and leaving millions of others unsure as to whether their cars were even …