National Highway Traffic Safety Administration News

US Probes Overheating Brakes That Cause Fires in 500K Semis

DETROIT (AP) — US highway safety regulators have opened an investigation into about a half-million semis with brakes that can catch fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Tuesday that it has 11 …

US Regulators to More Closely Monitor Advanced Driver Safety Systems

DETROIT — U.S. regulators on Tuesday said they would keep a closer eye on the automotive industry as it rolls out advanced driver safety systems, tracking the new technologies to spot potential defects faster. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

U.S. Safety Agency Probes 10 Tesla Crash Deaths Since 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety regulators said on Thursday they have opened 30 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths since 2016 where advanced driver assistance systems were suspected of use. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a …

U.S. to Seek Automated Braking Requirement for Heavy Trucks

DETROIT (AP) — In a reversal from Trump administration policies, U.S. auto safety regulators say they will move to require or set standards for automatic emergency braking systems on new heavy trucks. The Department of Transportation, which includes the National …

U.S. Traffic Deaths Soar to 38,680 in 2020; Highest Yearly Total Since 2007

WASHINGTON — U.S. traffic deaths soared after coronavirus lockdowns ended in 2020, hitting the highest yearly total since 2007 as more Americans engaged in unsafe behavior on U.S. roads, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Thursday. For all …

Consumer Reports Drops ‘Top Pick’ Rating for Tesla Model 3

WASHINGTON — Tesla’s decision to remove radar sensors from two of its U.S. vehicles has cost it top safety ratings from a widely followed insurance industry group and the influential Consumer Reports magazine. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) …

Tesla Phases Out Radar Sensors, Shifts to Camera-Based Autopilot

Tesla Inc. updated its website Tuesday to announce that Model 3 and Model Y cars built for North America and shipping this month will no longer be equipped with radar. On Tesla’s earnings call last month, Chief Executive Officer Elon …

US Opens Probe of Steering Problems in Honda Accord Sedans

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency is investigating multiple complaints about steering failures that could affect more than 1.1 million Honda Accord sedans. In documents posted Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it received 31 …

Tesla Drives on Autopilot Through a Regulatory Grey Zone

BERKELEY, California — The fatal crash of a Tesla with no one apparently behind the wheel has cast a new light on the safety of semi-autonomous vehicles and the nebulous U.S. regulatory terrain they navigate. Police in Harris County, Texas, …

U.S. Investigating Suspected Autopilot Tesla Crash Into Police Vehicle

WASHINGTON — The U.S. auto safety agency said on Wednesday it will send a team to investigate a crash involving a Tesla suspected of being in Autopilot mode when it struck a parked Michigan State Police patrol car. The National …