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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2015: Advancing Safety on Americas Roads:
NHTSA has recently issued a release regarding further advancements in traffic safety in 2015. Their study has focused on three main areas: 1) Vehicle Innovation 2.) Improving Effort to Identify and Recall Vehicles 3.) Improving Core Safety Programs.
The NHTSA worked on several innovative vehicle technologies over the past year. Vehicle-to vehicle (V2V) and crash avoidance technology have been two of the main focuses. Also, a new rule has been proposed to protect motorcyclists from unsafe “novelty” helmets that do not meet federal safety standards. The NHTSA has also announced commitments from ten of the major vehicle manufactures to make Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) a standard feature for all new cars.
Improving Effort to Identify and Recall Vehicles
NTHSA agreed to a $70 Million fine with Honda after it was found that the automaker failed to submit early warning reports on potential safety defects. Additionally, they investigated Graco to improve safety for small children who depend on their car seats to provide safety on the road. Graco was found to have failed in their obligation to begin, what has ended up being the largest recall of child safety seats.
Improving Core Safety Programs
The NTHSA has successfully streamlined the grant approval process to states and awarded approximately $576 million dollars in Highway Traffic Safety Grants. This is in an effort to improve on their already existing safety programs as well increase awareness about primary safety concerns on U.S roadways. Two new studies were accounted aiming at supporting efforts to combat drugged and drugged driving.
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