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NHTSA launches interactive, searchable recall dashboard

July 1, 2021
The website makes over 50 years of recall data easily available to the public.
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NHTSA enhances transparency of whistleblower program

June 14, 2021
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today posted a new website to make it easier for any employee or contractor of a motor vehicle manufacturer, part supplier, ...
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NHTSA announces 2020 update on AEB installation by 20 automakers

Feb. 10, 2021
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the progress of 20 automakers toward manufacturing passenger vehicles with low...
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NHTSA announces historic rule to modernize driverless vehicle safety standards

Jan. 15, 2021
NHTSA issued a rule to modernize Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving...
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NHTSA releases 2019 crash fatality data

Dec. 21, 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released its annual 2019 traffic fatality data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting...
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EPA calls for GHG emission standard revision

April 3, 2018
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the current standards set in the Obama-era are "too stringent."
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Upcoming rule to establish new standard mandating vehicle-to-vehicle communication

Jan. 23, 2017
V2V messages will make use of the on-board, dedicated short-range radio communication (DSRC) devices to “transmit Basic Safety Messages (BSM) about a vehicle’s speed, heading,...

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Mercedes-Benz recalls 143,551 vehicles over fuel pump

July 7, 2023
Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain 2021-2023 C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, CLS, SL, GT, GLC, GLE, GLS, and G-Class vehicles.
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NHTSA issues consumer alert for exploding Takata air bags

Still a serious threat, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is warning all vehicle owners to immediately check to see if their vehicle has an open Takata air bag...
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NTSB recommends alcohol detection systems in new vehicles

'The faster the technology is implemented the more lives that will be saved.'
NHTSA releases new cybersecurity best practices
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NHTSA releases new cybersecurity best practices

The 2022 Cybersecurity Best Practices leverage agency research, industry voluntary standards, and learnings from the motor vehicle cybersecurity research over the past several...
Kia recalls 257,998 Optima vehicles
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Kia recalls 257,998 Optima vehicles

Kia is recalling certain 2012-2013 Optima vehicles due to headliner plate not secured properly.
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NHTSA requests Tesla response by June 20 on 'Phantom Braking'

June 16, 2022
NHTSA has reportedly received 758 reports regarding this brake issue.
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NHTSA finalizes safety standards for automated vehicles

April 7, 2022
Ensures same high level of occupant crash protection as current passenger vehicles
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Turnkey replica cars hitting the road, new law passed

Small volume motor vehicle manufacturers are now able to produce and sell turnkey replica cars that resemble vehicles produced at least 25 years ago.
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Kia recalls all 2014-2016 Cadenza vehicles

Over 30,000 vehicles recalled due to inadequate windshield bonding.
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Nearly 1 million BMW vehicles recalled for potential electrical short

March 11, 2022
Certain BMW vehicles are at risk of a fire while driving or soon after driving when parked.

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Toyota recalls 36,558 vehicles for inoperative pre-collision system

March 9, 2022
Toyota is recalling certain 2021 C-HR vehicles due to a possible inoperative pre-collision system (PCS).
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Honda under investigation by Federal safety regulators

March 3, 2022
Over 1.7 million Honda Accord and CR-V SUVs are included in the investigation.
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Nissan recalling 2014-2016 Rogue vehicles

Feb. 17, 2022
Electrical connector for the under dash harness may corrode due to water and salt intrusion from the driver's side foot well.
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The discussion on automated vehicles continues

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the impact of automated vehicles on mobility, safety, infrastructure, workforce, and the...
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Chrysler recalls over 170,000 vehicles

The windshield wiper arms on certain 2019-2020 Dodge Ram vehicles could loosen causing potentially dangerous driving conditions.
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Kia recalls 2020 Cadenza vehicles for rear power window malfunction

Feb. 2, 2022
Rear power windows may operate unexpectedly, increasing risk of injury.
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Ford recalls nearly 200,000 cars for faulty brake lights, rollaway risk

Jan. 20, 2022
Certain 2014-2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans and 2015 Mustang coupes and convertibles are being recalled.
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U.S. DOT announces funding for innovative technology to end drunk driving

Dec. 15, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is pulling out all of the stops to deter motorists from driving drunk this holiday season...
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Seat belt use in U.S. reaches historic 90 percent

Nov. 22, 2016
Seat belt use in the United States has reached its highest level since the Federal government began regular national surveys in 1994.
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NHTSA sets 'Quiet Car' safety standard to protect pedestrians

Nov. 15, 2016
The new federal safety standard will help pedestrians who are blind, have low vision, and other pedestrians detect the presence, direction and location of these vehicles when ...

NHTSA: Traffic fatalities were up significantly in 2015

Aug. 30, 2016
The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015, ending a five-decade trend of declining fatalities with a 7.2 percent increase in deaths from 2014.

U.S. DOT proposes speed limiters for large commercial vehicles

Aug. 29, 2016
The proposal would establish safety standards requiring all newly manufactured U.S. trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating more ...

NHTSA holds forum on driverless vehicles

April 19, 2016
Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a meeting to seek public input on planned guidelines for the safe deployment and operation ...

Enhanced project management of information technology may help NHTSA's oversight of safety defects

March 28, 2016
NHTSA's implementation of its new IT system reflects some recognized project-management practices, like developing plans for managing system requirements and risks, but the agency...
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U.S. DOT: Roadway deaths on the rise

Feb. 8, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its latest estimate of traffic deaths, which show a steep 9.3 percent increase...
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U.S. Department of Transportation launches public awareness campaign related to safety

Jan. 22, 2016
NHTSA launched a new public awareness campaign called Safe Cars Save Lives that urges consumers to check for open recalls at least twice a year and to get their vehicles fixed...
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DOT issues notice of proposed rulemaking on improved rear impact protection for trailers and semitrailers

Dec. 8, 2015
The notice focuses on upgrading the federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSSs) that address underride protection in light-vehicle crashes into the rear of trailers and semitrailers...

NHTSA issues advance notice of proposed rulemaking on single unit truck crash protection

July 20, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that is the first step of a larger agency initiative to upgrade...

EPA, NHTSA issue notice of GHG emissions and fuel efficiency standards

July 20, 2015
The EPA and the NHTSA have issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish a comprehensive Phase 2 Heavy Duty (HD) National Program that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions...

Transportation secretary announces final rule on heavy duty vehicle electronic stability control

June 4, 2015
The requirement will save up to 49 lives, prevent up to 1,759 crashes each year and provide net economic benefits of more than $300 million annually.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveils plan to add two automatic emergency braking systems

Jan. 23, 2015
The agency plans to continue to encourage development and commercialization of additional promising safety-related technologies of vehicle automation through its recommendation...
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NHTSA announces new online VIN look-up tool

Sept. 30, 2014
NHTSA recently unveiled a vehicle identification number (VIN) look-up tool on its website,, allowing drivers to enter a VIN and identify whether that vehicle is subject...
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NHTSA moves forward with V2V communications technology implementation

Aug. 27, 2014
The proposed rulemaking has a goal of requiring vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capability for light vehicles – passenger cars and light truck vehicles – and creating minimum...

NHTSA launches online search tool for auto recalls

Aug. 20, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed an online search tool to find out if a specific car has been recalled and why. The car companies will have to ...

NHTSA recalls 67,000 CNG tank valves

June 9, 2014
The recall applies to Circle Seal Controls' valves manufactured from July 2011 through December 2013.

GM investigation results in record fines from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation

May 16, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that General Motors (GM) has agreed to pay a record $35 million civil ...
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NHTSA schedules phase-in of back-up camera requirements on light duty vehicles

April 8, 2014
The new regulations will apply to all vehicles 10,000-lb gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and less except motorcycles and trailers.
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Ford recalls 196,500 minivans for corrosion problem

March 11, 2014
Recall includes vehicles sold or registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
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Break out your J2534 tool – latest Toyota Prius recall is for software updates

Feb. 14, 2014
Toyota recalls Prius hybrids, RAV4 SUVs, Tacoma trucks and Lexus RX350 SUVs.
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NHTSA probes sudden Honda Accord airbag deployment

Feb. 5, 2014
Investigation includes about 363,000 vehicles.
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Toyota leads U.S. recall list for second straight year

Feb. 5, 2014
NHTSA notes Toyota recalled nearly 5.3 million vehicles last year.
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Aston Martin recalls vehicles over acceleration issue

Due to a manufacturing error, the accelerator pedal arm can break.
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Ford recalls 2013 and 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vehicles

Jan. 3, 2014
Transmission range sensor may not function properly.
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Volvo recalls 2011 and 2012 S60 vehicles

Jan. 2, 2014
Vehicle can fail to warn of low oil pressure situation.
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Chrysler recalls 2013 300 AWD, Dodge Charger AWD and Dodge Ram vehicles

Dec. 26, 2013
Transmission output shaft fracture can result in loss of power.
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Maserati recalls 2014 Quattroporte GTS V8 vehicles

Dec. 20, 2013
Improper crimp in alternator-starter motor wiring harness can cause fire.
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 2014 vehicles over seat belts

Dec. 18, 2013
Front seat belt anchor may not be installed properly.
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Michelin recalls LTX/M/S tires

Dec. 17, 2013
Tires can experience tread separation.
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BMW recalls vehicles over airbag issues

Dec. 17, 2013
Front passenger occupant detection mat controlling airbag can malfunction.
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Nissan recalls 2014 Infiniti Q50 vehicles

Dec. 17, 2013
Power steering system issues can result in loss of steering.
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VW recalls 2013-2014 Jetta Hybrids, 2009-2011 Tiguans

Dec. 16, 2013
Jetta Hybrid has gearbox issue while Tiguan has exterior light problem.
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Toyota recalls 2013 and 2014 Tacoma vehicles

Dec. 13, 2013
Engines contain valve springs that can eventually break.
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ATI recalls transmissions in 2013 Chevy Camaros

Dec. 13, 2013
Transmission with weak pawl can result in roll away.
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Chrysler recalls 2013 and 2014 vehicles over engine issues

Dec. 12, 2013
Recall includes 2013 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, and 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles.
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 2013 vehicles over OCS

Dec. 9, 2013
Occupant classification system can fail to detect light person in passenger seat.
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Chrysler recalls 2013 Dodge Darts over airbags

Dec. 9, 2013
Front seat airbags can fail to deploy.
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Ford recalls 2013 Escape vehicles

Nov. 27, 2013
Some vehicles have misinstalled fuel line; some experience localized overheating.
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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Malibu vehicles

Nov. 26, 2013
Windshield defroster can become inoperable in some vehicles; seat can become inoperable in others.
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Hyundai recalls certain Entourage vehicles

Nov. 26, 2013
Fractured control arm can cause loss of control.
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Ford recalls Focus Electric vehicles

Nov. 26, 2013
Powertrain control module software issue can result in loss of power while driving for Focus Electric vehicles.