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NHTSA imposes $40 million penalty on BMW

The NHTSA imposed a $40 million civil penalty on BMW, after multiple violations involving the 2014 and 2015 Mini Cooper models. BMW's violations resulted due to a failure to issue a timely recall for vehicles that did not meet crash protection standards, not informing owners of the recall in a timely manner and a failure to give accurate information to the NHTSA in a timely manner. Read More »

Officials launch new safety resource for transportation

In honor of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Roadway Safety Foundation introduced a new safety resource for transportation Thursday. The resource, entitled the "Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety" (ChORUS), is designed to address safety concerns specifically for elderly drivers. Read More »

NHTSA upgrades 5-Star safety ratings with NCAP

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its updated 5-Star Safety Ratings Tuesday called the "New Car Assessment Program" (NCAP).NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings help customers purchase vehicles based on safety. The ratings consider how vehicles perform during crash tests. NHTSA offers extra credit to vehicles with better or advanced safety features. Read More »

Proposed trailer, semitrailer rule to increase underride protection

NHTSA unveiled a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) Monday about underride protection for drivers of trailers and semitrailers. The proposed rulemaking would modify the current federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMCSSs), particularly for the underride protection that is needed for light-vehicle crashes that collide with the rear of trailers and semitrailers. Read More »

Takata faces $200 million civil fine for air bag defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued penalties for defects in Takata air bag inflators. The penalties include a $200 million civil fine on the company. The NHTSA also ordered Takata to speed the recall of the air bags in U.S. vehicles and replace them with safer ones.These are the largest civil penalty orders that have ever been issued by the NHSTA. Read More »

U.S. begins national tween seat belt campaign

A recent announcement from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that it has launched its first national advertising campaign for parents of tweens (ages 8-14) and seat belt safety. The campaign encourages parents of tweens to ensure that the youths properly and consistently wear their seat belts when the vehicle is moving. Focus groups with NHTSA discovered that many tired parents do not enforce seat belt use when they drive their chi Read More »