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31GM agrees to $35M fine over ignition switch recall delay

Automaker Also Agrees To 'Unprecedented Oversight' By NHTSA

General Motors has agreed to a $35-million fine levied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration following its delayed reporting of the deadly ignition switch problem that has affected millions of the company's vehicles.

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.

36NHTSA releases voluntary guidelines to combat distracted driving

In its continuing battle against distracted driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued voluntary guidelines covering the use of in-car infotainment and communication devices. It is NHTSA's intention that the proposals, which have been in the works for a year and are partly based on a 2010 study called "Impact of Hand-Held and Hands-Free Cell Phone Use on Driving Performance and Safety Critical Event Risk," will be phased in over the next three years. That would give a

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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