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Auto Safety, Recalls And The Revolving Door

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is tasked with maintaining proper safety standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. The NHTSA investigates automobile defects and enforces safety standards to reduce traffic accidents. The mission of the NHTSA is all about safety for the driving public. Critics of the NHTSA contend that the mission of safety takes a back seat when executives routinely leave the organization to take higher paying jobs in the auto industry.

Traffic Deaths Up In 2015

The first few months of 2015 put the year on pace to be the deadliest for drivers in some time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 7,500 people died in car and truck accidents in the first three months of 2015. That is an increase of 650 deaths, or 9.5 percent, from the same period in 2014. The total number of deaths is projected to be the highest since 2007.

Holiday Safety Campaign Yields Results

Statistics show that drunk driving incidents increase during certain periods of the year. Every year, drunk driving accidents go up during the holiday season from December 26th to the end of the year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is charged with reducing deaths, injuries and losses stemming from motor vehicle accidents of all types, including those involving drunk drivers. In an effort to combat the problem, the NHTSA partners with the Television Bureau of Advertising, the Ad Council and local broadcast television stations around the nation to push the message that drunk driving is a deadly problem. Recent findings suggest that the campaigns have been successful as reducing deaths over the past decade.

Ford Headlight Investigation Opens

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation last week regarding Ford models with lighting problems. The headlights on more than half a million Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles manufactured in 2005 are under review after scores of complaints were registered by owners of the vehicles. The defect has been linked to 15 crashes so far.

GM And NHTSA Taken To Task In Congressional Report

Who knew what and when should action have been taken? Government officials and safety experts are seeking answers regarding the ignition switch defects that plagued several cars made by General Motors over a period lasting for years. Millions of vehicles have now been recalled revealing the scope of the problem. At least 19 car accident fatalities have been linked to the faulty ignition switches, with more expected in the coming months and years.

Rule To Make Cars Noisier May Be Put On Hold

Electric cars may represent the wave of the future in automotive transportation. For all the potential benefits of electric vehicles, they do come with one safety drawback: they are too quiet. The percentage of car accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists being struck by electric cars is higher than for gas or diesel-powered vehicles. It is believed that the difference in accident rates is based on the fact that people do not hear the electric car coming in time to avoid them. Walkers who would move aside or take precautionary steps at the approach of a gas-powered car continue on their paths until it is too late to avoid an accident.

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