Tags: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Paccar recalls trucks equipped with defective part

Feb 08, 2012

Paccar Inc. has recalled about 16,000 2012- and 2013-model Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks equipped with a defective Bendix brake component. The trucks were built between Jan. 31, 2011, and Jan. 19, 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The ...

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NHTSA measures distracted-driving deaths

Dec 09, 2011

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Dec. 8 unveiled a new measure of fatalities related to distracted driving called “distraction-affected crashes.” Introduced for 2010 as part of a broader effort by the agency to refine its data ...

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Handheld cell phone ban: Interstate truck, bus drivers

Nov 28, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released on Nov. 23 a rule specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. The joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ...

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U.S. DOT tests ‘Connected Vehicle Technology’

Oct 24, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took a firsthand look at “connected vehicle” technologies that have the potential to improve safety and help drivers avert crashes as part of a research clinic hosted by the Department of Transportation at Walt Disney ...

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Determining a CAFE Standard: How is a manufacturer’s CAFE determined for a given model year?

Aug 09, 2011

Determining a CAFE Standard: How is a manufacturer’s CAFE determined for a given model year?

A manufacturer’s CAFE is the fleet-wide average fuel economy, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Separate CAFE calculations are made for up to three potential fleets: domestic passenger cars, imported passenger cars, and light trucks. The averaging ...

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U.S. EPA, DOT release greenhouse gas emissions standards

Oct 28, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have released the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. This comprehensive national ...

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LaHood: Highway deaths lowest since 1950

Sep 09, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Sept. 9 released updated 2009 fatality and injury data showing that highway deaths fell to 33,808 for the year, the lowest number since 1950. The record-breaking decline in traffic fatalities occurred even while estimated vehicle ...

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U.S. DOT donates crash test dummies to Smithsonian

Jul 19, 2010

The U.S. Department of Transportation is donating a number of “Vince and Larry” crash-test dummy costumes and related auto safety items to the Smithsonian Institution. These objects now become part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American ...

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Massachusetts bans texting while driving, 29th state to implement ban

Jul 02, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on July 2 for signing a tough new anti-distraction law that bans texting while driving and sets strict penalties for the practice. Massachusetts is the 29th state to ban texting ...

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EPA, DOT set federal standards on fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions for cars, light trucks

Apr 07, 2010

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have jointly established new federal rules that set the first-ever national greenhouse gas emissions standards and will significantly increase the fuel economy of all new passenger cars ...

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