In the late 1970s, the Department of Transportation hired a California-based company called Approved Engineering Test Laboratories to crash 30 vehicles, testing for windshield intrusion, windshield mounting and fuel system integrity. The resulting footage is amazing.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that steering wheels can come loose or fall off entirely in 2014-2016 Ford Fusions.
Sunroofs on dozens of newer car models from around the world are shattering spontaneously, leaving owners perplexed and seeking answers. But while even experts don’t know entirely why this is happening, we do know which cars are yielding the most complaints to regulatory agencies.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can’t provide details on how it reached a conclusion that Tesla vehicle crashes dropped 40 percent after the automaker installed Autosteer—which keeps the car centered within a lane—into its semi-autonomous Autopilot system.
Mazda announced a recall of around 60,000 Mazda 6 sedans in the U.S. and Canada, The Detroit News reports. Improper welding may cause a wire shortage that will disable power steering. Debris left during the welding process can cause wires to rub together, potentially disabling the airbag.
Between the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board weighing in on the probable cause of a fatal Tesla crash and the U.S. Transportation Secretary issuing new voluntary guidelines on how to deploy self-driving cars, today has been crazy busy on the autonomous vehicle front. There’s more to share, though: the…
The assertion that Tesla’s Autopilot features reduces airbag deployments by 40 percent, made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration back in January, may use faulty data and cannot be replicated by researchers, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday claims.
After conducting independent testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Tesla Model X five stars in its three crash test categories: frontal crash, side crash and rollover. And these crash test videos show just how well it can hold up.
Nearly 40 years after Jayne Mansfield got her top taken off crashing into the back of a tractor trailer, the feds have required semis to have underride guards at the rear. What’s not required are underride guards on the sides. This video might convince you that this should change.
The National Safety Council’s annual report on traffic deaths estimates that 40,200 people died in U.S. car crashes in 2016, which is up six percent from 2015 estimates, and a total increase of a terrifying 14 percent in just two years.
A recent lawsuit filed against Tesla made an excellent case for why human-controlled driving is still exceedingly important, but it turns out Tesla itself seemed to have that on its mind while designing its famed Autopilot function, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report that cleared…
The U.S. Department Of Transportation and automakers have been testing the concept of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication for years. Today the agency said it’s getting serious about having cars talk to each other for safety, and has proposed specific rules and methods that would force automakers to load vehicles…
After years of being shrouded in mystery, Apple’s car program came to a screeching halt this year with the world never having seen as much as a prototype. But Apple has reportedly shifted from building an actual car to devising software and systems for autonomous driving, and a recently-uncovered letter to federal…
Some people think that we, as a culture, complain too much. You know who doesn’t feel that way? The U.S. government.
General Motors plans to introduce a semi-autonomous driving system, similar to Tesla’s Autopilot, sometime next year. The system is called Super Cruise, and one aspect of how it uses hazard lights has been singled out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a note of caution.
US regulators want to limit what you can do with your smartphone while you’re behind the wheel. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published its first safety guidelines regarding driver distraction, targeting portable and aftermarket devices (a.k.a. smartphones) or other gear you that…
Too tired to drive? Why not just drink some coffee and get over it? According to the government, that’s perfectly fine.
Electric and hybrid vehicles can be eerily quiet at low speeds, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes it’s a safety problem. Starting in 2019, NHTSA will require all new electric and hybrid light-duty vehicles to make noise at speeds below 19 miles an hour to alert pedestrians they’re there.