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NHTSA Could Use ‘Small Overlap’ Tests in New Assessments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could follow the lead of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and add the “small overlap” test to its five-star crash safety program. In deciding how many stars to award a vehicle, the administration relies mostly on frontal crash tests. Those are used to determine how a vehicle holds …

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NHTSA Expected to Propose Data Recorder Requirement

You have likely heard about the “black box” recorders that investigators always search for following an airplane crash, but did you know that your vehicle may also have a black box? The devices can record your actions prior to a crash to assist investigators. Most automakers have already been installing the data records in vehicles …

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NHTSA to Leave Hood, Windshield Rules Unchanged

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will keep a regulation that is intended to prevent injuries from the hood coming through the windshield. The NHTSA in 2008 had considered abolishing the “Windshield zone intrusion” standard that prohibits a hood from entering the windshield zone during a front crash at 30 mph. The agency found that …

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NHTSA Develops Roadmap to Automated Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced last week plans to start studying how to regulate automated vehicles, and now more information is being revealed, according to MSN. There are three phases of automation – monitored, conditionally and fully automated. In monitored automation, the driver gives up primary control but will still have responsibility for …

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Honda Motorcycles Probed for Safety Concerns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into a Honda dealership in Tennessee after reports that unsafe motorcycle, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles were sod, according to USA Today. A marketing consultant who served the dealership from 2004 through 2007 said he reported to federal agents five years ago that the vehicles …

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Sticky Throttles Investigated for 310,000 Vehicles

Government officials are investigating approximately 310,000 vehicles built by Ford Motor Company after receiving 50 reports of throttles that got stuck, according to MSN. The issue may be that the speed control cable collars fractured. This can lead to an engine component getting stuck and causing the throttle to stay 26 percent open. Ford said …

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BMW Issues Recall for Inadvertently Opening Doors

BMW recalled six models of 2005 to 2007 7-Series vehicles because of a problem with the software causing the door to inadvertently open even when it appears to be completely closed, according to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This could cause a passenger without a seat belt to be suddenly …

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