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7NHTSA demands national recall of Takata airbags

The justification behind limiting the Takata airbag recall only to certain high humidity areas in the US always seemed somewhat dubious. The US Department of Transportation apparently agrees because in a detailed statement posted on the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the feds are requesting nationwide action. At the same time, the government's investigation into Takata and the affected automakers is deepening.

11Obama administration eyeing new NHTSA boss after safety lapses

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't had much to celebrate this year. The botched handling of major recall campaigns from General Motors and for faulty Takata airbag inflators haven't put the agency in the best light. Also, its new VIN lookup for safety campaigns, which should have been a major step forward, crashed the first time it was really needed. Clearly, something must be done, and it appears that the government's solution might be an overhaul of the bureau, starting

118Is It Faster To Weave In And Out Of Traffic Or Stay In One Lane?

Do not try this experiment at home

The Mythbusters are out on the road testing which will get you to your destination quicker, weaving into speedier and more promising lanes or sticking it out in a single lane?

18States have failed to spend nearly $540M in federal highway safety grants

A new report from the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General has revealed yet another fiasco in highway funding. No, it's not a misuse of federal funds. Instead, it's a complete and total lack of use for government monies.

77It's been 5 years since Cash For Clunkers, was it a success? [w/poll]

CARS set out to kill two birds with one stone: jumpstart slow automobile sales and get a large number of older cars off the road.

5112 DOT secretaries urge Congress to address long-term infrastructure needs

"Right now, there are so many structurally deficient bridges in America that, if you lined them up end-to-end, they'd stretch from Boston to Miami."

139DOT may mandate speed limiters and 68 mph max for big rigs

With the debate about how to fund the US interstate system already raging, there may be another big highway controversy on the horizon. The US Department of Transportation might slow down some of the vehicles on the nation's roads by mandating speed governors on semi trucks.

51NHTSA launches first-ever national distracted driving campaign with brutal ad

It used to be that most of the car-related public service announcements on TV focused on preventing drunk driving and getting people to buckle their seatbelts, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched grisly new ads combatting distracted drivers with the slogan "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." The spots will see heavy rotation in April because it's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To further ram the message home, the Department of Transportation has coordinated wi

342Texting-While-Driving Ad Shows Devastating Effects Of Distracted Driving

If you're texting, you're not driving

The Department of Transportation released a commercial Wednesday aimed at teens and young adults to help curb distracted driving just in time for Distracted Driving Awareness month.

104U.S. Government Overestimates Rise In Miles Driven Year After Year

Over the past seven years Americans have driven less while Feds estimated rise

Governments at local, state and federal levels have been overestimating the number of miles driven by Americans for years, with very real consequences.

145Federally mandated backup camera legislation heating up again [w/poll]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could finally be ready to implement a law first expected back in 2008. Automotive News is reporting that while many of us were opening presents and eating Christmas dinner, NHTSA was busy submitting a revised version of its plan that would mandate that all new cars be fitted with a backup camera. The goal? To reduce the number of people – especially children – who are backed over each year.

1New York City Ads Aim To Curb Reckless Driving Deaths

DOT hopes to stem a sharp increase in pedestrian deaths

The New York City Department of Transportation is battling an increase in pedestrian deaths with ads that remind drivers of the dire consequences of unsafe driving.

213Group Sues Transportation Dept. Over Rearview Camera Delays

Safety advocates want a rule issued mandating rearview cameras

On the evening of October 19, 2002, Dr. Greg Gulbransen stepped out of his house to move his sport utility vehicle into the driveway. He didn't realize his two-year-old son had followed him.

AddThe Next Steps To Making The Self-Driving Car A Reality

One of world's biggest automotive suppliers joins forces with one of biggest tech companies

Self-driving cars often sound like something out of science fiction. But they are inching closer to reality.

10Connected vehicle test granted another six months

The Department of Transportation and eight major automakers have spent a year testing vehicles equipped with dedicated short range communication (DSRC) systems in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but they have decided to extend the test for another six months, Automotive News reports.

71Anthony Foxx is your new Secretary of Transportation, America

Attention, American public: Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, seen above with his wife and children, has now officially been sworn in as your new Secretary of Transportation. Not that it comes as a surprise, of course, being that Foxx had been nominated by President Obama a few months ago.

59Florida DOT quietly changed yellow-light standards, municipalities issuing more tickets

Red light cameras don't appear to be going away, so it should come as no surprise that neither are the controversies around them. We're told again and again that they're about safety, not revenue collection, yet year after year, the studies and headlines compete to support and tear down those arguments. An investigative report by Florida's WTSP Channel 10 News gets the maelstrom whirling again, having found that various state municipalities have shorted yellow light times to below those recommen

AddEnergy Department offers $50 million for more, better plug-in vehicles

Sequestration or no sequestration, Washington is investing another $50 million in electric vehicles and hybrid electric cars, with the goal of making them as affordable to own and operate as today's gas-powered vehicles.

83Mass. turnpike authority removes violent video games from rest stops [w/poll]

The Boston Globe reports the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has removed violent video games from state-owned travel centers following last month's mass shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

151Texas DOT refuses to pay for damage when road sign falls on SUV

A Texas woman recently found herself with no recourse after a large traffic sign fell on her Lexus SUV. Stephanie Hawkins was stopped at a light with her teenage daughter when she felt her vehicle shake violently. Thinking she'd been in an accident, she stepped outside only to find a sign had fallen over onto her vehicle. After taking photos of the incident and receiving a repair estimate of $2,791.25, Hawkins filed a claim with the Texas Department of Transportation. TxDOT quickly responded by

11DOT teams up with Fox's Glee against distracted driving [w/videos]

In attempt to combat car accidents and fatalities caused by distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ad Council have teamed up with the hit Fox television show, Glee, to produce a pair of public service announcements aimed at younger drivers. These PSAs were introduced as a part of the "Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks." campaign that attempts to raise awareness to the danger of texting and driving.

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