NHTSA in 2015: Advancing Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding their safety advancements in 2015. Officials with the NHTSA worked on improving safety in three specific areas. First, they worked to bolster innovation in vehicle technology and safety. Second, they reformed the identification and recall of defective vehicles and parts. Finally, they worked to strengthen the core safety programs for motorists across the nation.
The NHTSA worked on a variety of innovative vehicle technologies last year. Crash avoidance technologies and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technologies are chief among the most promising innovations. They’ve also proposed a new rule to protect motorcycle riders from ‘novelty’ helmets. In addition to improving the current 5-Star Safety Rating scale, the NHTSA also partnered with a variety of automakers to make Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) a standard feature for new cars. Additionally, legislation has been proposed to offer better protection against under-ride crashes involving semi trucks.
Improving Vehicle Identification and Recall
Not only did the NHTSA hold Honda and other automakers accountable for failing to report and warn about defective auto parts, they also investigated Graco to improve safety for infants, toddlers and small children who depend on car seats to provide safety on the road. They’ve also held a variety of different automakers accountable for providing detailed recall performance reports. Additionally, they have dedicated a special website to all information and news regarding the latest Takata air bag recall updates.
Improving Core Safety Programs
Finally, the NHTSA worked to bolster and improve their current core safety programs. Not only does this involve additional research on drunk, drugged and distracted driving, but it also includes grants and programs to increase awareness about the primary safety concerns on U.S. roadways. In 2015, the NHTSA also launched their first-ever tween seat belt safety awareness campaign. They even expanded their online outreach and raised awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving.
From record-setting recalls to social media safety campaigns, there’s no doubt that the NHTSA had a big year. Although they’ve stepped up efforts to improve safety for motorists all over the country, they still have a long way to go.