National Highway Traffic Safety Administration News

Class Action Accuses 3 Automakers, Parts Maker of Selling Risky Air Bag Inflators

A class action lawsuit is accusing three automakers and a parts manufacturer of knowingly selling vehicles containing air bag inflators that are at risk of exploding. Two deaths and at least four injuries have been linked to such explosions. The …

Fewer Crashes After Utah Sets Nation’s Strictest DUI Law, Study Shows

Traffic deaths decreased in Utah after the state enacted the strictest drunken driving laws in the nation five years ago, new research published by a U.S. government agency shows. The findings, which pertain to fatalities involving and not involving alcohol, …

Traffic Fatalities Continue on Record Pace But Not in All States

The number of U.S. traffic deaths surged in the first nine months of 2021 to 31,720, the government reported Tuesday, keeping up a record pace of increased dangerous driving during the coronavirus pandemic. The estimated figure of people dying in …

How Autonomous Car Companies Are Outrunning U.S. Regulators and Lawmakers

Self-driving vehicle companies from Tesla Inc. to General Motors Co.’s Cruise are racing to start making money with their technology, outrunning efforts by regulators and Congress to write rules of the road for robot-driven vehicles. On Tuesday, Cruise said that …

Transportation Safety Chief Objects to Use of Driver Error Statistic

With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation’s top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error is misleading and that the Transportation Department should stop using it. Jennifer Homendy, …

Can a Self-Driving 40-Ton Truck Be Safe? Developers Say Yes But Others Are Skeptical.

Shipping companies and software developers are experimenting with self-driving trucks as a way to solve a driver shortage worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic, drawing fire from safety advocates who call the technology a risk to motorists. J.B. Hunt Transport Services …

Biden Auto Safety Agency Nominee to Face Senate Committee

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday is set to hold a confirmation hearing on President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an agency without a permanent leader for nearly five years. The Democratic …

Auto Safety Regulators Looking into Complaint from Michigan Tesla Driver

U.S. auto safety regulators are looking into a complaint from a Tesla driver that the company’s “Full Self-Driving” software caused a crash. The driver was beta testing the “Full Self-Driving” software, and the Tesla SUV went into the wrong lane …

Auto Safety Whistleblower Receives Maximum Award of $24 Million

The U.S. auto safety regulator announced on Tuesday its first-ever reward to a whistleblower, handing out more than $24 million to a former Hyundai Motor Co. employee who provided key information about safety lapses at the South Korean carmaker. The …

Safety Head Criticizes Tesla Over Its Release of New Self-Driving Software

The head of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Monday criticized electric carmaker Tesla Inc.’s decision to provide new self-driving software to vehicle owners without addressing safety concerns that the agency raised after a series of fatal accidents. NTSB …