National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) News

Tesla Loses Top Safety Rankings From IIHS, Consumer Reports

Two key groups that offer automobile safety ratings are yanking their top endorsements from some Tesla vehicles because the company has stopped using radar on its safety systems. Consumer Reports pulled its “Top Pick” status for Tesla’s Model 3 and …

Senators File Bill to Mandate Driver Monitoring Systems

Three Democratic U.S. senators on Monday said they are introducing legislation that would require U.S. regulators to mandate installation of driver-monitoring systems to ensure motorists pay attention while using systems like Tesla’s Autopilot. Senators Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal and Amy …

19th U.S. Death Tied to Takata Air Bag Reported in South Carolina

Honda Motor Co said on Wednesday it had confirmed the 19th U.S. death tied to a ruptured Takata air bag inflator since 2009 — and the 16th in one of its vehicles. The Japanese automaker said that following a joint …

U.S. Safety Agency Investigates Air Bags Made by Takata Successor Joyson

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating potentially faulty air bags made by Joyson Safety Systems, the successor to defunct manufacturer Takata Corp. that is at the center of one of the biggest recalls in history. The agency, …

Feds Investigating Tesla/Police Cruiser Crash in Michigan

For the second time in a week, the U.S. government’s road safety agency is sending a team to investigate a Tesla crash in Michigan. This time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is sending a special crash investigation team because …

Safety Agency Has 23 Active Tesla Crash Investigations

The U.S. auto safety agency disclosed on Thursday it has opened 27 investigations into crashes of Tesla vehicles, 23 of which remain active, and at least three of the crashes occurred in recent weeks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

Reuters Exclusive: Safety Regulators Reviewed Concerns Over GM Steering Sensor

U.S. automotive safety regulators reviewed evidence related to an allegedly defective steering sensor that was used in roughly 778,000 older General Motors Co vehicles but ultimately decided against opening a formal investigation into the matter. The National Highway Traffic Safety …

Reuters Special Report: Suit Over Deadly Crash Renews Spotlight on GM Safety

On a clear afternoon in November 2014, Glenda Marie Buchanan set off in her silver Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV from her home in rural Georgia. Several minutes into the drive, she started veering off the road. Buchanan swerved left and lost …

Safety Agency Orders Ford to Recall 3 Million Vehicles Over Takata Air Bags

Ford Motor Co. must recall 3 million vehicles with potentially defective driver-side Takata air bags, the U.S. auto safety regulator said on Tuesday, rejecting a bid by the second-largest U.S. automaker to avoid a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety …

Outgoing Administration Moves to Lift Safety Restrictions for Some Autonomous Vehicles

The outgoing Trump administration said on Thursday it was issuing new rules that would allow manufacturers of automated vehicles to bypass some crash standards required of conventional vehicles, which would cut production costs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said …