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Stop Selling Vehicles with Recalled Airbags!!

Report calls for a stop to death and injuries — 11 deaths and over 100 injuries - The “largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, took...more

Takata Airbag Recall Balloons — 7 Automakers Join List

NHTSA Calls Controversy ‘Largest and Most Complex Safety Recall in U.S. History’ - The consumer-safety threat posed by defective airbags in millions of vehicles worldwide has escalated again....more

Be Safe This Summer: Stay Bicycle-Smart

Bicycling is a breeze. Wind in your hair, sun on your shoulders, therapy for your mind and exercise for your body. Whether you pedal along the beach, around a lake or in a park, your summertime ritual surely will be fun....more

Summer Months Mean More Teen Driving Accidents

Summer is here and in the San Fernando Valley, that means we can expect a lot more cars on the road. Why? Because school is out and teen drivers are making the most of their summer break. ...more

Rage on the Roads

From 2004 to 2013, the number of deaths attributed to accidents where road rage or aggressive driving was involved has risen by nearly 1,000 percent from 26 to 247 deaths. Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety...more

NHTSA Will Give States Autonomy on Self-Driving Rules

In a blog post last month, we covered the announcement of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbyist group with the aim of removing any legal or regulatory hurdles that might slow the development or deployment...more

Summer Ushers In Car Accident Season in the United States

Just as the news highlights the massive increase in air travel during the summer months, the same can be expected of traveling by vehicle. This undoubtedly means more accidents on the road and more injuries as a natural...more

Why Cars Crash

The Study - A 2015 study, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, has revealed that drivers are responsible for roughly 94% of motor vehicle crashes. From the middle of 2005 through the end of 2007, the National...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Full Speed Ahead or Just Kicking the Preemption Can Down the Road?

Transportation and technology continue to maintain a strong “buzz.” As more and more states join the driverless vehicle regulatory fray, including Michigan, New York and Tennessee, all eyes are on the National Highway Safety...more

U.S. DOT Moving Closer to Certification of Driverless Cars

Motor vehicle design continues to make significant technological leaps incorporating a number of automated features, with many manufacturers pioneering the concept of driverless cars. What was once the stuff of science...more

Rental Car Act of 2015 Championed by Grieving Mother

Twelve years have passed since two 20-something sisters died in a rented PT Cruiser that had an open recall for a defective power-steering hose. At the time, the Budgets, Enterprises and Hertzes of the United States were not...more

When Drowsy Driving Leads to Accidents

According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 100,000 police-reported accidents each year are due to drowsy drivers. According to a nationwide poll conducted by this institution, 37 percent of people admit to...more

Alarming Number of Bystanders Injured in Chicago-Area Police Pursuits

Police shootings have dominated the headlines, however, police pursuits have injured and killed more individuals over the last several years, and the Chicago-area statistics are shockingly high....more

Privacy Tip #36 – Connected car security

A recent Government Accountability Office report outlined vehicle cybersecurity concerns, outlining that hackers can penetrate the technology of vehicles in both long range and short range attacks, including targeting...more

A New Coalition Seeks to Pave the Way for Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Last week the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) held the second of two meetings at Stanford University to solicit input from the public regarding the safety guidelines it is developing for the...more

Bicycle, pedestrian and car accidents: by the numbers

Cities are filled to the brim with cars which amounts to smog-filled air and crash prone streets. To reduce these trends, the new buzzwords in urban development and planning are “walk-able” and “bike-able” communities....more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Auto and Tech Companies Join Forces to Lobby

Automobile and technology heavy weights Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber and Lyft jointly created the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group that will work with both policy makers and the public to promote...more

Michigan Law’s Autonomous Vehicles Conference: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment

Earlier this month, I attended a conference at the University of Michigan Law School: Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment. It was a good excuse to go embrace all of the nostalgia that comes from...more

NHTSA’s Claimed Jurisdiction Over Software and Applications May Stifle Innovation

Motor vehicle technology is rapidly changing to enhance safety and provide navigation, mobility, and accessibility solutions for drivers. Manufacturer-installed automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot...more

New Safety Technology Protects Drivers

Over the last decade, auto safety has evolved from basic safety features like seat belt warning signals and child safety locks to high-tech safety features that are preventing accidents and protecting drivers. As auto safety...more

NHTSA Issues Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Private Litigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week issued “Enforcement Guidance Bulletin 2015-01: Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Civil Litigation,” which is...more

NHTSA Reflects Willingness of US Regulatory Authorities to Embrace Autonomous Vehicles

Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated it was taking an adaptive policy to address and encourage the fast-paced development of autonomous vehicles. The NHTSA develops and interprets...more

FBI and Traffic Safety Administration issue warning about car hackings

On March 21, 2016, the FBI and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a public safety announcement outlining the dangers of cars getting hacked. The announcement follows the media reporting about...more

The Dangers of Driving While Drowsy

Driving while tired is not an isolated issue, or one reserved just for truck drivers. In fact, over 1/4 of respondents in a recent study admitted to driving drowsy to or from work at least a few days a month and 37% admitted...more

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions

Cities Need to Climb on Board or Be Left Behind - Car manufacturers are pressuring lawmakers to develop a federal regulatory framework for a world where automated vehicles are a reality and not just science fiction. This...more

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