Latest Road safety News

Kia/Hyundai seat belt pretensioners under investigation

Aug. 12, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects Investigation has opened a query into seat belt pretensioners on certain 2020-2022 Kia/Hyundai vehicles, saying that they may rupture or explode. A seat belt pretensioner is a part of the seat belt system that...

New research pushes states on distracted driving

Aug. 09, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

New research suggests state laws that prohibit drivers from holding a cell phone under any circumstance appear to be effective in reducing rear-end crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on Tuesday looked at data from Oregon, Washington and California, states with broad...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Aug. 03, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star-Tribune. August 3, 2022. Editorial: Speeding may ‘catch up with you’ New public-safety campaign focuses on the most fundamental driving behavior. Slow down. That’s the crucial message about the most basic safety...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jul. 28, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

The Times and Democrat. July 22, 2022. Editorial: Reducing speeds on S.C. highways grows as priority South Carolina traffic deaths are down from this time a year ago, but before you think there is any kind of good news from the state’s highways, know that more than...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 22, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Hartford Courant. July 21, 2022. Editorial: We’re in a drought; everyone in Connecticut needs to conserve water The Metropolitan District says there are no mandatory or voluntary water use restrictions being requested of its customers. That’s good...

Highway safety agency running ads in effort to curb speeding

Jul. 19, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's road safety agency says it will spend $8 million on ads aimed at stemming the rising number of traffic deaths caused by speeding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign called “Speeding Wrecks Lives” will run on...

Researchers: Chinese-made GPS tracker highly vulnerable

Jul. 19, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A popular Chinese-made automotive GPS tracker used in 169 countries has severe software vulnerabilities, posing a potential danger to highway safety, national security and supply chains, cybersecurity researchers have found. A report by the Boston cybersecurity firm...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jul. 05, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Manhattan Mercury. June 28, 2022. Editorial: A silver lining after unimaginable tragedy It’s the nature of news that we mostly report “bad” things. So we were glad last week to be able to share something positive — or at least, a positive outcome that followed...

UN urges world action to cut 1.3 million road deaths in half

Jul. 01, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly’s first high-level meeting on road safety called Friday for global action to cut the annual toll of nearly 1.3 million deaths and 50 million injuries in traffic crashes by at least half by decade's end. The political declaration...

New NHTSA chief: Agency to scrutinize auto-driver technology

Jun. 29, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new head of the government's road safety agency says it will intensify efforts to understand the risks posed by automated vehicle technology so it can decide what regulations may be necessary to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In an interview...