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NHTSA Delays Distracted Driver Regulations

A recent government study showed that a minimum of 5,500 people were killed and 500,000 were injured because of distracted driving in 2009. Despite these numbers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that regulations concerning distracted driving are years away because of a need to study the issue further.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said ”It’s really way too premature about a possible rule… I don’t think we can really set up a rule until we have much better data.” Thirty states have bans in place that make it illegal for drivers to use hand-held phones or to text while driving. The NHTSA is investigating the use of hands-free devices such as Ford’s SYNC and GM’s OnStar to see if they can cause ”cognitive distraction.”

Distracted driving is dangerous to everyone. It is difficult to believe that the NHTSA does not see the clear and present danger. Many states have stepped in, but federal regulation may be necessary to save the most lives possible.

GM Brake Failure

Possible Brake Line Failure In GM Trucks And SUVs

After repeated complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into possible brake line failure on 1999-2003 GM vehicles.

The failure results after the brake lines corrode. The failure has been suspected in 100 incidents. The investigation includes vehicles like the Avalanche, Silverado, Sierra, and some of the heavy duty trucks.

While in the preliminary stages, the investigation could turn into a recall at any time. Check back here for more news or monitor the NHTSA website for updates.


NHTSA Best Safety Performers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases its list of top rated cars for safety in each class every year. This year, like many years, there were several surprises.

The NHTSA rated cars this year on frontal- and side-impact crash tests and rollover-resistence evaluations including resistance to roof crushing.

It would be impossible to give you a complete list of all the cars evaluated, so here are the cars in several classes that received 5 out of 5 stars.

Small car

  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Toyota Prius

Midsize cars

  • Honda Accord
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima

Luxury cars

  • BMW 5 series


  • Acura MDX
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Buick Enclave
  • GMC Acadia


  • Honda Odyssey


  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • GMC Sierra Crewcab

You can see that a few of the cars that you thought would be listed aren’t and a few you never would have thought of are.  Check here for new car quotes for any of these top safety models – online!

Child Crash Dummies

A Tale Of Failed Crash Dummies And Children

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will postpone some car seat regulations until crash dummies can better ‘mimic real children’. What does this mean to you?  Basically, federal regulations for automobile booster/car seats do not accurately protect our children.

The crash dummies failed because they are too stiff to mimic a child’s reaction during a crash. The stiffness of the dummies skews ‘the amount of crash force the child’s head would experience’ in the crash test, according to NHTSA officials. Problems with the development of child dummies are the key reason seats for children have no federal requirements for effectiveness  in regards to side-impact, rear-end and rollover collisions.

Each state has laws in place that are designed to protect our children, but how are we supposed to feel secure that they are effective if there is no way to test them effectively?


New Rollover Regulations To Save Lives

Rollover crashes are the most deadly type of accident that the occupant of a motor vehicle can face. In 2009, 8,200 people died from rollover crashes in the United States alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to reduce that number (NHTSA).

The new regulations, which will go into effect slowly from 2013-2018, require improved side curtain airbags and more crush resistant roofs for every model produced. The specs will require the side curtains to be strong enough to prevent ejection even if the window of the vehicle is open. This aspect of the new regulations is based on data that demonstrates that half of the occupants killed in rollovers were completely ejected from their vehicle.

The reasoning behind the more crush resistant roof is self evident. The NHTSA estimates that these new regulations will add about $31 per vehicle in coming years. That is a small price to pay for your life if you are in a rollover accident.