National Highway Traffic Safety Administration News

NHTSA to Investigate Florida Tesla Crash that Killed 2

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog is sending investigators to another Tesla crash, this time one that killed two people along Interstate 75 in Florida. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed Friday that it sent a …

New NHTSA Chief: Agency to Scrutinize Auto-Driver Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new head of the government’s road safety agency says it will intensify efforts to understand the risks posed by automated vehicle technology so it can decide what regulations may be necessary to protect drivers, passengers and …

US Report: Nearly 400 Crashes of Automated Tech Vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers reported nearly 400 crashes of vehicles with partially automated driver-assist systems, including 273 involving Teslas, according to statistics released by U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cautioned against using the numbers …

Ford Recalls 3.3 Million Vehicles Over Rollaway Concerns

WASHINGTON –– Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 3.3 million vehicles in North America that could roll away because a damaged or missing part may prevent the vehicle from shifting into the intended gear. In a filing with the …

NHTSA Upgrades Tesla Autopilot Safety Probe, Step Before Possible Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday said it was upgrading its probe into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with its advanced driver assistance system Autopilot, a required step before it could seek a recall. The auto safety agency in August …

Viewpoint: Automobile Safety Rating System is Failing Consumers

The 5-Star Safety Rating Program that Americans use when shopping for new passenger vehicles “fails consumers” by not including collision-avoidance and other technology in the ratings and is approaching “near irrelevance,” National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy said. In …

Feds: Goodyear Knew of Defective RV Tires as Early as 2002

DETROIT (AP) — Federal investigators say Goodyear knew that some of its recreational vehicle tires could fail and cause severe crashes, yet it didn’t recall them for as many as 20 years. Goodyear wouldn’t recall the tires as late as …

Goodyear to Recall RV Tires 19 Years After Last One Was Made

DETROIT (AP) — Nineteen years after the last one was made, Goodyear has agreed to recall more than 173,000 recreational vehicle tires that the U.S. government says can fail and have killed or injured 95 people since 1998. Goodyear’s G159 …

Tesla Faces Increase in Complaints Over ‘Phantom Braking’

Tesla Inc. is facing stepped-up scrutiny from US regulators who have received 758 complaints of cars made by the company that suddenly brake at high speeds, more than double the number of reported incidents earlier this year. Complaints alleging unexpected …

Safety Group Says 2022 Jeep Wrangler Tipped Over in Crash Test

WASHINGTON –– The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said on Thursday a 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4-door model tipped over in a crash test, an issue that could pose safety risks to users. The industry-funded group prods automakers to make …