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February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Air Bag Control Unit

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects more than 15,000 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2013-2016 model years.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, Air Bags, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Safety

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla AutoPilot Crash Investigation Yields Autonomous Tech Insights

Still from a YouTube video of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.

The government has closed its investigation into a fatal crash between a Tesla on AutoPilot and a tractor-trailer that raised questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles, and the report offers a number of insights into the advanced driver assist technologies on the path to “self-driving” vehicles.

Tags: Tesla, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Model S

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Recalls Over 6,000 Trucks Due to Potential Brake Issue

Volvo Trucks North America has issued a recall of certain VNL, VNM and VNX truck models to incorrect software for controlling the electronic air dryer that may result in oil and water contaminating the brake system.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, Brakes, NHTSA

December 20, 2016 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Sprinters Recalled for Seat Adjusters

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

The recall, issued by Midwest Automotive Designs, covers just 28 vans in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, NHTSA, Van Upfitting, Midwest Automotive Designs, 2016-MY

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Older Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Warning Light

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

The recall covers more than 17,000 Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2003 to 2006 model years.

Tags: Dodge, Cargo Vans, Freightliner, Recalls, 2003-MY, 2006-MY, 2005-MY, 2004-MY, NHTSA

November 26, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Recalls Titan XD Diesel Trucks for Fuel Gauge

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

The recall affects more than 12,000 2016-model year pickup trucks that are at a higher risk for running out of fuel.

Tags: Nissan, Recalls, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, Nissan Titan XD

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

Rockport Trucks Recalled for Stalling

Photo courtesy of Forest River.

The recall, expected to begin Dec. 20, affects 22 Rockport cargo box trucks and work trucks in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Recalls, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Box Trucks, Forest River, Rockport

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Truck Recall Tied to Unintended Acceleration

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

The recall covers more than 25,000 2014- to 2016-model year Isuzu NPR and NPR HD trucks and 2016-MY Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 3500 HD, 4500HD, and 4500XD trucks.

Tags: Recalls, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Isuzu N-Series, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Chevrolet Low Cab Forward, Chevrolet, Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Slates Public Meeting on Autonomous Vehicle Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a public meeting on Nov. 10 to gain input on the federal policy on automated vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Policy, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Extends Speed-Limiter Rule Comment Period

Photo via FMCSA

A 30-day extension of the public comment period for a proposed truck speed-limiter rule was announced today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA

October 31, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Declares Volvo Steering Defect Recall 100% Complete

The last of nearly 16,000 trucks voluntarily recalled by Volvo Trucks North America for a steering defect have been identified and repaired, achieving a 100% safety recall completion – a rare occurrence in the world of recalls.

Tags: FMCSA, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Official Talks Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Tech at FTX

Photo by Thi Dao.

In his keynote address at the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo, the director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center provided an overview of vehicle safety technologies, covering systems that have recently been introduced to the market as well as technologies currently being developed, such as autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, NHTSA, Fleet Technology Expo, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Sen. Schumer Urges Finalizing Speed-Limiter Rule

Senator Chuck Schumer

Influential Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) lent his support to the proposed federal rule that would mandate electronic speed limiters on commercial vehicles during an Oct. 13 campaign stop on Long Island.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Chuck Schumer

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Aims for Zero Traffic Deaths Within 30 Years

The NHTSA held a conference to introduce its Road to Zero campaign and to address the increase in traffic deaths over the past year. Screenshot via NHTSA

Three DOT agencies and the National Safety Council have teamed up to launch a new initiative with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths on U.S. roads within the next 30 years, and truck safety is one of the targeted areas of the effort.

Tags: Highway Fatalities, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Slams Proposed Speed-Limiter Rule

Chris Spear speaking to the press on ATA's stance on proposed speed-limiter rule. Photo: David Cullen

The president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations has bluntly assessed as “dangerous” the key provisions of the proposed federal speed-limiter rule for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, ATA MC&E

September 29, 2016 - Industry News

Sprinter 2500, 3500 Vans Recalled for Seat Belts

Illustration courtesy of NHTSA.

The recall, issued by Daimler Vans USA, covers 271 vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Freightliner, Seat Belts, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, NHTSA, 2016-MY

August 26, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Finally Proposes Truck Speed-Limiter Rule

Image: FMCSA

Federal safety regulators are proposing that heavy-duty vehicles be equipped with speed-limiting devices set to a specific maximum speed.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Regulations

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Recalled for Power Loss

Photo of Ram 3500 courtesy of FCA US.

The recall covers 889 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Recalls, Ram 5500, Ram 3500, Ram 4500, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, FCA

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

New Report Sounds Wakeup Call on Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Images: GHSA

A report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association on the “extreme danger posed by tired drivers” includes a new NHTSA estimate that pegs the annual societal cost of fatigue-related fatal and injury crashes at $109 billion— and that does not include property damage.

Tags: Drowsy Driving, Driver Fatigue, NHTSA

July 29, 2016 - Industry News

Bendix Updates Trailer Parking Brake Valve Issue

To verify that the Bendix SR-5 valve has been repaired per the recall campaign, look for the presence of a black or green tie wrap secured to the valve body. Photo: Bendix

Bendix is making available information pertaining to its voluntary recall of some 200,000 of its SR-5 trailer spring brake valves. That May 17 action has prompted recalls of over 30,000 trailers by 11 various trailer makers.

Tags: NHTSA, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Advocates Slam NHTSA for Pushing “Robot Car Technology”

Still from YouTube video of Tesla S owner using autopilot mode

The National Highway Traffic Administration should stop pushing the adoption of “robot car technology” until more testing is done and enforceable safety standards are promulgated, according to a July 28 letter sent by three advocacy groups to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.

Tags: Highway Safety, Tesla Motors, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

July 5, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA: Traffic Deaths Up 7.7%

Image: Minnesota DOT; photo by Julie Bottolfson

Preliminary data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on July 1 shows a 7.7% rise in motor-vehicle traffic deaths last year. NHTSA said an estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.

Tags: Highway Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Truck GHG Phase 2: Final Rule Could See August Release

Federal Phase 2 GHG/MPG rules are a step closer to being finalized. Image: Environmental Defense Fund

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted its proposed Phase 2 GHG/MPG rule for trucks and trailers to the Office of Management and Budget on June 3 for required regulatory review.

Tags: MPG, GHG, EPA, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

May 25, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Recalls Sprinter 2500, 3500 Vans

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall, limited to 55 vans in the 2015 and 2016 model years, will address the risk of windows separating during a crash.

Tags: Freightliner, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Daimler, Full-Size Vans

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Recalled for Steering

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 1500 courtesy of GM.

The recall, which covers multiple models, will address a weld-related steering issue in nearly 4,800 pickup trucks and SUVs.

Tags: Cadillac, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, Recalls, GMC Yukon, GMC Sierra, GMC, Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade, Luxury SUVs, Large SUVs, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY

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