NHTSA

 
Trump NHTSA might reduce emission rules for two-thirds of U.S. vehicles

Trump NHTSA might reduce emission rules for two-thirds of U.S. vehicles

Consumers all over the world, but especially in North America, are buying more crossover utility vehicles and fewer passenger sedans and hatchbacks. The U.S. auto industry makes the bulk of its profits on light trucks, which include crossovers, pickup trucks, and even minivans. The Trump... read more

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Tesla Model S after IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test, late 2016   [frame from IIHS video]

Tesla slams IIHS after 'Acceptable' Model S test, older NHTSA ratings cited in response

The influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a new round of crash-safety test results, and one of the cars tested was the Tesla Model S electric luxury... read more July 6, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype

Electric-car noise rules to be canceled under Trump deregulation plan?

Modern electric cars have been on U.S. roads for seven years or so, and owners love their smooth, quiet, close to noise-free operation. That silence has been a bone of... read more June 26, 2017 by


 
Tesla Autopilot

Tesla driver killed in Autopilot crash ignored repeated warnings, NTSB says

The National Transportation Safety Board has published its first findings after investigating a fatal highway crash in 2016 involving a Tesla Model S and a tractor trailer... read more June 20, 2017 by


 
2017 Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X gets uniform 5-star safety ratings from NHTSA, first SUV to do so

Tesla's Model X has secured a major accomplishment: it is officially the first SUV to receive 5-star crash-test ratings in every single category. The National Highway Traffic... read more June 13, 2017 by


 
2018 Toyota C-HR

Some crossover SUVs get easier fuel-economy rules, others don't

What's a truck? If you tell your average suburban family that they're hauling their kids to school and sports practices in a truck, many will push back. "It's an SUV," you'll... read more June 12, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

Extra fuel used if 2022-2025 CAFE rules delayed would be low: here's the math

Barbie never said "Math is hard!" The talking doll did, notoriously, say "Math class is tough!" in 1989, sparking a media firestorm over gender roles in childrens' toys and... read more May 2, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

What Trump did and didn't say in Detroit on EPA emission rules

One of the challenges of today's uber-polarized political environment is that fear and alarmism increasingly overtake the factual realities of an issue. This appears to be... read more March 17, 2017 by


 
Tesla Autopilot

Tesla Autopilot investigation closed by NHTSA, will continue to monitor

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation into the fatal Florida crash last May of a Tesla using the company's Autopilot... read more January 20, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

EPA finalizes emission rules through 2025; no change from existing levels

Seven days before the advent of a new presidential administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has locked in planned auto-emission standards through 2025. The... read more January 13, 2017 by


 
Fuel gauge

Fuel-economy rules not the cause of rising auto prices: analysis

Lobbyists for big automakers, both domestic and foreign, make no secret about their desire for lower fuel-economy standards. One argument presented to support a lowering of... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
2008 Smart Fortwo

Probe into Smart ForTwo engine fires started by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now investigating the potential for engine fires in certain Smart ForTwo city cars. Approximately 43,000 cars built... read more December 27, 2016 by


 
Fuel gauge

NHTSA delays penalty rise for carmakers who miss CAFE levels

Current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require automakers to achieve a fleet average of roughly 54.5 mpg by 2025. That's actually closer to 40 mpg in the... read more December 22, 2016 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

EPA keeps car-emission rules to 2025; what happens under Trump?

Two days ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a ruling that existing limits on tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide for 2022 through 2025 should remain in... read more December 2, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

Feds issue mandatory-noise rule for new electric, hybrid cars

The U.S. government finally issued its long-debated rules for noise-making devices in so-called "quiet cars." They require all new hybrid and plug-in electric cars to emit... read more November 16, 2016 by


 
Tesla Autopilot

How safe is Tesla Autopilot? Parsing the statistics (as suggested by Elon Musk)

One of the tools Elon Musk and Tesla Motors have used to defend the safety of its Autopilot software is the dark and perplexing art of statistics. After a fatal... read more October 13, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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