National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Items
  • Gov't study: More drivers texting at the wheel

    Texting while driving increased 50 percent last year despite a rush by states to ban the practice, federal safety officials said Thursday. Two out of 10 drivers say they've sent messages from behind the wheel _ and that spikes much higher among young adults.


  • Economy Briefs

    Starbucks Corp. has stopped tacking on a surcharge for bags of coffee beans weighing less than a pound nationwide after a Massachusetts consumer-protection agency fined the company over the practice.


  • Nissan Leaf earns 5-star NCAP rating

    The 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF has earned a 5-star overall vehicle rating for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The Nissan LEAF is the first fully electric vehicle to earn this highest distinction from the program. Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and requirements in order to earn 5-star ratings.


  • Scion tC Receives Five Star Overall Rating for Crash Tests

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the all-new 2011 Scion tC sports coupe, a top overall rating of five stars.


  • 2011 Honda Odyssey achieves safety milestone

    The 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan achieved a historic safety milestone, becoming the first and only minivan to earn the highest possible safety ratings from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under their respective more-stringent testing guidelines. No other minivan this year has received both a 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK award from IIHS and a "Overall Vehicle Score1" of five stars from NHTSA.


  • Trained professionals inspect and install a car seat in Erie County, New York.

    EDITORIAL: Obama belts kids

    Federal safety bureaucrats want kids tied up and enclosed "for as long as possible" when traveling by automobile. The new child car-seat guidelines handed down Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expand applicability of nanny-state suggestions to cover adolescents up to age 12.


  • ** FILE ** In this April 17, 2010, file photo, a Toyota emblem is seen on a car trunk lid during the Denver Auto Show in Denver. Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, agreed to pay the U.S. government a record $32.4 million in additional fines to settle an investigation into its handling of two recalls at the heart of its safety crisis. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

    Toyota to pay $32.4 million in extra fines

    Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay the U.S. government a record $32.4 million in additional fines to settle an investigation into its handling of two recalls at the heart of its safety crisis.


  • **FILE** Fe Lastrella, left, who lost family members in an accident Involving a Toyota, Kevin Haggerty, who experienced sudden unintended acceleration in a Toyota, Joan Claybrook, President Emeritus of Public Citizen and former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety, are sworn in before testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform about Toyota on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Toyota woes put spotlight on fed oversight

    Toyota's massive recalls are prompting Congress to reconsider whether the nation's auto safety agency has lived up to its mission of protecting motorists.


  • Tires made in China recalled

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A tire importer said yesterday it would recall 255,000 Chinese-made tires it claims are defective because they lack a safety feature that prevents tread separation.


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