NHTSA News

Spike in Deadly Semi, Big Rig Crashes Prompts Demand for Safety Tech

Tractor-trailers and other large trucks aren’t required to have crash-avoidance technology, despite thousands of crashes annually and repeated calls for it to be mandated. Federal data shows that more than 4,300 people were killed in accidents involving semis and other …

Ford Recalls 2M F150s Due to Seatbelt Fire Risk

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because the seatbelts can spark and cause fires. The recall, which covers trucks from the 2015 through 2018 model years, comes about …

U.S. Road Deaths Fell Slightly in First Half of 2018

The number of people killed on U.S. roads fell slightly in the first half of 2018, but a top safety organization says it’s likely that there will be little change in the number of deaths from 2017 by the end …

Gov’t Report Accuses NHTSA of Inadequate Recall Monitoring

An investigation has found that the U.S. government’s highway safety agency failed to act quickly on a consumer complaint, and that could have delayed recalls of dangerous Takata airbag inflators. A report by the Transportation Department’s Inspector General also found …

U.S. Agency Wants Automakers to Speed Up Takata Airbag Recalls

The U.S. government’s road safety agency is urging automakers to speed up replacement of potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement Friday that Heidi King, it’s top official, has met with 19 …

U.S. Regulator Says Self-Driving Cars Don’t Need Rules Yet

It’s premature to regulate the self-driving vehicles being tested by companies such as General Motors Co. and Waymo LLC, the U.S. government’s top auto safety official said. “At this point the technology is so nascent I don’t think it is …

Feds to Probe Fires Associated With Hyundai-Kia Engine Failures

Federal safety investigators have expanded probes into Hyundai and Kia engine failures to include complaints about fires in the automakers’ vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in a letter to Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida that it has …

Tesla Autopilot ‘Nag Reduction Device’ Targeted by U.S. Agency

The Autopilot Buddy is marketed as a “nag reduction device” that can fool Tesla Inc.’s semi-autonomous driving system to circumvent a warning when a driver’s hands aren’t on the steering wheel, but U.S. regulators have another term for the product: …

Tesla in Autopilot Mode Sped up Before Utah Crash

A Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped firetruck, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press. Two people were injured. Data from the …

Show Teens the Money: Financial Incentive May Work to Combat Texting While Driving

Teens who admit to texting while driving may be convinced to reduce risky cellphone use behind the wheel when presented with financial incentives such as auto insurance apps that monitor driving behavior, according to a new survey conducted by researchers …