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US to allow brighter, self-dimming headlights on new cars
US to allow brighter, self-dimming headlights on new cars

With many new cars, trucks, and SUVs failing to meet more stringent headlight safety standards from the federal government and the IIHS, the NHTSA announced Thursday it plans to change regulations to help headlight development. The agency said in its report that it plans to allow development of...Read More»

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Feds loosen safety guidance that impedes self-driving car development

The U.S. Department of Transportation released an 80-page update of NHTSA guidance dubbed “Automated Vehicles 3.0” on Thursday in an effort to make self-driving car development easier. Currently, NHTSA regulations require automakers to meet nearly 75 different safety standards, all of...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 receives 5-star rating in NHTSA crash tests

Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the company’s newest and arguably most important model, achieved a perfect 5-star crash test rating from the federal government’s NHTSA. The compact electric vehicle received top marks in front driver and passenger protection, front and rear side...Read More»

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Few automakers reported on self-driving car safety to White House

Despite requests from the White House to voluntarily outline a strategy and provide data on self-driving car efforts on public roads, few automakers and tech companies have complied. As The Detroit News reported Monday, only General Motors, Ford, and Google-owned Waymo have submitted reports. The...Read More»

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Some 2019 Subaru Ascent crossover SUVs may be replaced for faulty roof welds

Some owners of 2019 Subaru Ascent crossover SUVs may get a second chance at the new car smell. The automaker said in government filings last week that it will recall 293 examples of its new three-row crossover to inspect them for spot welds that may have not been applied at the factory. If Subaru...Read More»

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NHTSA regulator: self-driving vehicles shouldn't be regulated... yet

A top auto safety official at the NHTSA has claimed that it’s too early to regulate self-driving vehicles, such as the ones being tested by Uber, Waymo, and more. According to Automotive News, NHTSA deputy administrator Heidi King said in an interview on Thursday: “At this point the...Read More»

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2018 Ford EcoSport crossover SUV scores concerning three-star government rollover rating

A version of the pint-size 2018 Ford EcoSport crossover SUV earned four stars overall in the federal government's barrage of crash tests, including an unusual three-star rating for its resistance to rollover. The NHTSA said Thursday that the front-wheel-drive 2018 EcoSport scored three out of five...Read More»

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Kia recalls 508,000 vehicles over airbags that may not deploy

A faulty control unit that could prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted Kia to recall 508,000 2010 through 2013 model year vehicles, the automaker said last week. Kia said in a government filing that the airbag control unit, which tells the airbag and the seat belt...Read More»

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Senate committee hits brakes on new NHTSA administrator vote

The federal agency that oversees new car safety and emissions standards may go even longer without an official leader. On Tuesday, a Senate committee pushed back a vote on the Trump administration's new NHTSA administrator nominee over concerns about how she plans to handle an ongoing airbag recall...Read More»

2018 Honda Civic
Despite government efforts, keyless ignitions linked to carbon monoxide deaths

Keyless ignition systems that use start buttons to let drivers to leave key fobs in their pockets provide a lot of convenience, but a new report sheds light on a failed government effort to prevent users from accidentally leaving their cars on. The New York Times reported Sunday that at least 20...Read More»

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White House taps safety official to lead NHTSA

The White House said Friday President Donald Trump intends to nominate Heidi King, an auto safety official, to head up the NHTSA. King’s nomination comes at a contentious time for the agency that oversees fuel-efficiency and car-safety rules. Since September, King has served as deputy...Read More»

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While automakers tout green cars, they're fighting the EPA

The left hand doesn't always follow the right hand. The trade association that represents most major automakers won its battle to get the EPA to announce it wants to ease emission limits for 2022 through 2025 cars, even as the lobbying group simultaneously works to promote electric cars that don't...Read More»

2018 Nissan Leaf
NHTSA "quiet car" rules to require hybrid, electric cars to make sounds by end of 2020

Hybrid and electric cars will sneak across parking lots for a few more years. The NHTSA on Monday set a long-delayed deadline for automakers to add sounds to otherwise nearly silent hybrid and electric cars: September 2020. The NHTSA says that automakers will need to fit "alert sounds" to vehicles...Read More»

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BMW issues stop-sale for i3 electric car

BMW has told its dealers to hold all sales of its 2018 i3 electric car due to a compliance issue detected by the NHTSA. The German automaker will also recall about 30,000 examples of the BMW i3. The government agency found during routine testing that the i3 does not provide adequate protection in...Read More»

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Report: Roughly two-thirds of Takata recall vehicles still need airbag fix

The infamous Takata recall still looms over the industry and the latest report from John Buretta, the independent monitor overseeing the recalls for the Justice department, shows that a majority of impacted vehicles haven't been repaired. Already the largest recall in automotive history, as of...Read More»

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California to allow human-less self-driving car testing

Following a year of self-driving cars legally testing on public roads, California is ready to take things a step further by relaxing the rules surrounding testing. Soon, companies will be able to test their autonomous car prototypes on public roads without a driver, even as backup. That’s...Read More»

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NHTSA to consider revised self-driving safety rules

The NHTSA says it wants companies that are currently developing self-driving technology to point out “unnecessary regulatory barriers to automated safety technologies.” The request is part of an ongoing effort to adapt the rules that govern the safety of automobiles to a future where...Read More»

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Feds to investigate 840,000 Ford Fusions over steering wheels that may come off

The federal government said Friday that it has opened an investigation into more than 840,000 Ford Fusions made for model years 2014 through 2016 after three reports that their steering wheels could loosen and detach entirely. "A detached steering wheel can result in a loss of vehicle control that...Read More»

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More cars experience exploding glass sunroofs than ever, study finds

Glass sunroofs have become an incredibly popular option in recent years for new-car buyers. However, an unusual side effect to their popularity is more prevalent than ever: cases of exploding glass sunroofs have skyrocketed in recent years. Consumer Reports cites National Highway Traffic and Safety...Read More»

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