National Highway Traffic Safety Administration News

Safety Administration Probes Touchscreen Failures in Tesla Model S Cars

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday it had opened an investigation into 63,000 Tesla Model S cars after reports of media-control unit failures that led to the loss of the use of touchscreens. The auto safety …

Recreational Pot Laws May Boost Traffic Deaths, Studies Say

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, …

Driving Hasn’t Found Its New Normal Yet

Memorial Day weekend, the typical start of the U.S. summer driving season, has come and gone. Data on just how much driving Americans did is trickling in, and it’s a bit noisy. Apple mobility trends show searches for directions down …

U.S. Will Not Require Automakers to Recall 56M Takata Air Bag Inflators

WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety regulators will not require automakers to recall 56 million additional Takata air bag inflators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Thursday, saying the devices do not pose a safety risk like the …

Estimate Shows Number of US Traffic Deaths Fell as Miles Driven Rose

The U.S. government is estimating that traffic deaths fell 1.2% last year to 36,120, the third year in a row that fatalities dropped. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says pedestrian deaths fell 2% compared with 2018 figures, while motorcyclist …

Calif. DMV Approves Test of Autonomous Deliveries

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday authorized autonomous technology startup Nuro to test two driverless delivery vehicles in nine cities, a decision that comes as coronavirus concerns lock down many in the state. U.S. companies that deliver groceries, household …

U.S. Regulators to Rate New Auto Tech, but Europe Leads in Safety Testing

Autopilot, Super Cruise and Drive Pilot are different names given to technology that automates steering and braking in a growing number of vehicles, but none of it can safely “pilot” cars without regular human intervention. These systems and the potential …

U.S. Will Look at Sudden Acceleration Complaints Involving 500,000 Tesla Vehicles

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday it will review a petition asking the agency to formally investigate 500,000 Tesla Inc vehicles over sudden unintended acceleration reports. The petition covers 2012 through 2019 model year Tesla …

Takata Triggers U.S. Car Recall for Another 10 Million Air Bags

Another 10 million air bag inflators made by now-defunct Takata Corp. must be repaired in what could be the last major wave of the auto industry’s largest-ever safety recall crisis. The callback disclosed on Wednesday represents the final phase in …

Agency Probes 12th Tesla Crash Tied to Possible Autopilot Use

WASHINGTON — The U.S. auto safety agency said on Friday it will investigate a 12th Tesla crash that may be tied to the vehicle’s advanced Autopilot driver assistance system after a Tesla Model 3 rear-ended a parked police car in …