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Worried About Recalls? Just Check Your VIN On The Department of Transportation's New Website

Worried About Recalls? Just Check Your VIN On The Department of Transportation's New Website

Last summer, we told you about the Department of Transportation's plan to develop a website that would allow motorists to see if their ride had been recalled simply by typing in their vehicle identification number, or VIN. As of today, that website is officially up and running. Maintained by the... read more

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KidsandCars preventing backovers

Study: Rearview Cameras Better At Detecting Objects Than Parking Sensors

In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act (PDF), which, among other things, required that all new cars sold in the U.S. come... read more March 18, 2014 by 


 
David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider

Your Car May Soon Be Required To 'Talk' (To Other Cars, Anyway)

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems will make automotive travel dramatically safer and more efficient. So, what's the big holdup? The National Highway Traffic Safety... read more February 4, 2014 by 


 
KidsandCars preventing backovers

Rearview Cameras Still Delayed, Consumer Groups Sue DOT

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the target of a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, by safety advocates and two... read more September 25, 2013 by 


 
Taxi accident

U.S. Traffic Deaths Decline in 2011; Fatality Rate Hits All-Time Low

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has completed its analysis of traffic data from last year, and the findings are astonishing. In 2011, fewer people died on... read more December 11, 2012 by  1


 
ford advanced collision avoidance tech 006

NTSB Wants To End Distracted Driving, Mandate Safety Tech

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2013 "Most Wanted List". But unlike the FBI photocopies pinned up at post offices, the NTSB isn't looking for... read more November 15, 2012 by 


 
Distracted driving

Texting Tickets Could Cost You Down The Road

In most of America, it's illegal to text and drive. Today, 39 states and the District of Columbia now have laws on the books forbidding the practice. Chances are, you live in... read more October 26, 2012 by 


 
yellow light

Stop Or Go: What Do You Do At Yellow Lights?

No matter how many years you’ve been driving, you’ve likely encountered situations where you need to make a decision about what to do at a yellow light. Depending... read more September 25, 2012 by  4


 
Traffic

Surface Transportation Bill Finally Passes. So, What's In It?

After a long, grueling slog through both houses of Congress, the highly anticipated, two-year surface transportation bill has finally passed. But now that it's been hacked to... read more July 2, 2012 by 


 
U.S. Capitol

Consumers Union Pushes Car-Safety Rules On Capitol Hill

The surface transportation bill that's been slowly and not-so-surely winding its way through both houses of Congress has been called many things. Notably, Transportation... read more June 5, 2012 by 


 
First Scene Car Blackbox Traveling Data Recorder

Coming Soon To Your New Car: A Black Box Data Recorder

Last week, we told you about a proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would require brake-override systems on new vehicles. But there's more... read more April 20, 2012 by  6


 
Toyota's FollowMe navigation unit

LaHood's Safety Regulations Say Moving Maps Are A No-No

Back in February, we told you about some new rules -- or rather, suggestions -- that the Department of Transportation had compiled for automakers. The rules/suggestions were... read more March 27, 2012 by  1


 
Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood Proposes New Rules To Combat Distracted Driving

Back in December, the National Transportation Safety Board proposed strict new guidelines governing the use of mobile devices in automobiles. Shortly thereafter, U.S... read more February 20, 2012 by  1


 
Car shopping

Dealers Warn Fuel Rules Will Boost Car Costs By $5000: We Break It Down

Back in November, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation announced new fuel-efficiency regulations affecting vehicles built through 2025... read more January 18, 2012 by  4


 
Project Ignition

Project Ignition Teen Safety Leaders Share Their Perspective With DOT

For the student representatives from 10 Project Ignition National Leader Schools, January 9, 2012 was a day they’ll not soon forget. That’s the day they spent at... read more January 13, 2012 by  1


 
Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama

Ray LaHood Say Hands-Free Calls Are A-Okay, Throws NTSB Under Bus

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced sweeping recommendations that would prohibit drivers from using mobile phones at all -- even for hands-free... read more December 22, 2011 by  7


 
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