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FHWA Urges Drivers to Prepare Total Solar Eclipse Travel

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States on August 21 – and it could affect millions of drivers. 

Fourteen states will be in the path of eclipse’s totality -- from Oregon to South Carolina. The totality cuts across the country, meaning it will be seen by a large part of the population.  It is anticipated that approximately 200 million people will be within a day’s drive of the total solar eclipse. Even those who can’t see the total eclipse will be able to see a partial one. Lasting only two minutes or so, the eclipse will darken the country during the middle of the day when millions are on American roads, potentially causing one of the largest driver distractions in years.

Buckle Up Every Trip, Every Time

With endless new vehicle safety technologies coming to market, one safety technology remains a constant in every vehicle: the seat belt. This basic foundation of safer driving saved 13,941 lives in 2015, alone. However, 2,804 additional lives could have been saved if everyone had buckled up. That’s why NHTSA remains committed to convincing every American to always buckle up—every trip, every time.

Between 1960 and 2012, seat belts saved 329,715 lives, more than all other vehicle technologies combined. Thanks to a combination of the enforcement of seat belt laws and public awareness campaigns, seat belt use reached a record high of 90 percent in 2016, up from about 83 percent a decade ago. That’s progress—but it also means that, every day, millions of people put their lives at risk needlessly because they don’t buckle up.

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Hyundai Agrees to Pay $17.35 Million Fine in Brake Defect Case

Automaker Failed to Report Defect in a Timely Manner

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million civil penalty and comply with NHTSA oversight requirements outlined in a Consent Order as a result of the manufacturer failing to report in a timely manner a safety-related defect affecting 2009-2012 Hyundai Genesis vehicles.

Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NHTSA Announces Final Rule Requiring Rear Visibility Technology

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018.  This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents.

Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014

U.S. Department of Transportation Extends Cooperative Research Program with Automotive Industry to Cut Drunk Driving on U.S. Roads

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced a five-year extension of its cooperative agreement with the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), comprised of 15 automakers, to continue researching advanced alcohol detection technology that could prevent vehicles from being driven by a drunk driver.

Updated: Monday, December 23, 2013

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Holiday Crackdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland today kicked off the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” winter holiday crackdown on drunk and drugged driving, along with representatives from local law enforcement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).   To further deter drunk driving, NHTSA today released a “Model Guideline for State Ignition Interlock Programs” that will help states develop and implement a breath alcohol ignition interlock program based on highly successful practices from the U.S. and around the world.

Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NHTSA Unveils New ‘10-Year-Old Child’ Crash Test Dummy

The nation’s automotive safety agency is unveiling a new crash test dummy today that will be used to evaluate the growing number of child safety seats and boosters made for children weighing more than 65 pounds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “10-year-old child” dummy is the latest addition to the agency’s family of test dummies and is the best tool currently available for measuring the risk of injury to a child using a higher-weight child restraint system in the event of a vehicle crash.

Updated: Monday, March 2, 2015

U.S. Department Of Transportation Releases Results From NHTSA-NASA Study Of Unintended Acceleration In Toyota Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation released results from an unprecedented ten-month study of potential electronic causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the study last spring at the request of Congress, and enlisted NASA engineers with expertise in areas such as computer controlled electronic systems, electromagnetic interference and software integrity to conduct new research into whether electronic systems or electromagnetic interference played a role in incidents of unintended acceleration.

Updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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