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Heavy smoke, jammed exit: NTSB describes Earnhardt Jr. family's plane crash escape

Safety agency releases documents on 2019 crash

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a pilot struggled to open a crashed airplane's wing emergency exit as the aircraft began to burn and fill with smoke before the race car driver and his family managed to escape from the main door, according to new details about the 2019 accident released by the National Transportation Safety Board. Documents released Thursday by the NTSB provide pilot, passenger and witness statements about the Aug. 15, 2019 plane crash at an airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Earnhardt

NHTSA to jumpstart its slow-rolling revamp of new car crash ratings

Plan for tougher five-star standards has been in the works since 2015

In 2015, under President Barack Obama, NHTSA proposed requiring automakers to add crash avoidance technologies to gain top, five-star ratings as part of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). On Thursday, a group plans to hold a press conference in Washington criticizing NHTSA's failure to update the ratings.

Tesla's Autopilot was in engaged before Model 3 hit truck, says NTSB

The driver turned on Autopilot about 10 seconds before the crash

The driver turned on Autopilot about 10 seconds before the crash.

NHTSA and NTSB investigating 2 fatal Tesla crashes in Florida

In a Friday crash, a Model 3 drove into a tractor trailer, shearing its roof

In a Friday crash, a Model 3 drove into a tractor trailer, shearing its roof.

New York crash that killed 20 is a 'wake-up call' for limo safety

Limo passengers are not required to wear seatbelts

Limo passengers are not required to wear seatbelts.

U.S. Coast Guard raises duck boat after deadly sinking in Missouri

The vehicle will be shipped to the NTSB to aid in their investigation

The vehicle will be shipped to the NTSB to aid in their investigation.

Duck boat design flagged years ago after fatal accident in Arkansas

Life jackets won't save you: ‘You drown if you do, you drown if you don't’

Life jackets won't save you: 'You drown if you do, you drown if you don't'

Tesla must fix 'flaws' in Autopilot after fatal crash: U.S. consumer group

Consumer Reports' advocacy arm speaks out

Consumer group lobbies Tesla to fix fatal flaws in Autopilot.

Uber hires former NTSB chair to advise on safety culture after fatal crash

Fatal accident was likely caused by software issue

Uber Technologies Inc said Monday it has hired a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman to advise the company on its safety culture after a fatal self-driving crash in Arizona.

NHTSA disputes Tesla safety claim, says it ‘did not assess’ Autopilot

Report Tesla points to was ‘cursory,’ safety agency says

A U.S. traffic safety regulator on Wednesday contradicted Tesla's claim that the agency had found that its Autopilot technology significantly reduced crashes, saying that regulators "did not assess" the system's effectiveness in a 2017 report.

Family of Tesla crash driver hires law firm, questions Autopilot

NHTSA and NTSB investigations continue

The family of a driver killed in a Tesla car crash has hired law firm Minami Tamaki LLP to explore legal options, the law firm said on Wednesday, adding that the Autopilot feature in the electric carmaker's vehicle probably caused his death.

Tesla's Elon Musk, NTSB chairman discuss fatal Autopilot crash

Agency was ‘unhappy’ with Tesla’s disclosures in an open investigation

The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk had a "constructive conversation" on the agency's probe into a fatal crash involving a Tesla vehicle that was operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode, the agency said on Monday.

Tesla Model 3 reportedly misses target as Musk takes charge of production

"I'm back to sleeping at factory. Car biz is hell …"

Tesla will reportedly fall short of its 2,500-per-week target for production of the crucial Model 3 sedan when it reports its numbers this week, but the news isn't entirely bad.

Amtrak train was doing 80 in a 30 mph zone when it jumped tracks

Fatal crash comes soon after NTSB condemned Amtrak's safety culture

The fatal derailment of an Amtrak train south of Seattle on Monday is likely to intensify scrutiny of the national passenger railroad company's safety record, which was already under the microscope following a series of fatal incidents. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said late on Monday that a data recorder retrieved from the rear locomotive showed the train was traveling at 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone when it jumped the tracks. The NTSB said it wa

Self-driving dilemma: How to make the driver still pay attention

One player says the driver shouldn't be expected to.

Tesla driver in fatal 'Autopilot' crash got numerous warnings

During a 37-minute drive, his hands were on the wheel for 25 seconds.

NHTSA reverses course, now wants seat belts on school buses

Mark Rosekind says every pupil deserves a three-point belt

The government agency charged with keeping motorists out of harm's way has long lauded seat belts as "the single most effective way" vehicle occupants can keep themselves safe. For years, it has also opposed efforts to require seat belts on school buses. As contradictions go, that's a doozy.

Walmart truck driver to be held accountable for crash that injured Tracy Morgan

The NTSB has announced that truck driver Kevin Roper is responsible for the accident that killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Tracy Morgan.

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