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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: Vehicle Safety, Safety Technology, NHTSA, Fleet Technology Expo, Autonomous Vehicles

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: DOT, Vehicle Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

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

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Release Autonomous Vehicle Policy

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discusses new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles during a Sept. 20 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of U.S. DOT.

The new guidelines include a 15-point safety assessment framework that provides vehicle performance standards for manufacturers and developers.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

September 8, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center Director to Address Fleet Technology Expo


Tim Johnson, director of NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center, will be on hand at this year’s Fleet Technology Expo in Schaumburg, Ill., to open the event at the opening breakfast on Tuesday, October 18.

Tags: NHTSA, Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Events

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 16, 2016 - Industry News

Final Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 Regs Unveiled

Illustration by herlitz_pbs, used under Creative Commons license.

The federal government released highly anticipated "Phase 2" greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules for medium and heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday, which in some ways go further than the original proposal unveiled last year.

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

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: Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Freightliner Sprinter, 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

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

GM Recalls Vans for Missing Tire Pressure Monitors

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway van courtesy of General Motors.

The recall covers 321 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans that were shipped to final-stage manufacturers missing the tire pressure monitoring system.  

Tags: Chevrolet, Recalls, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Cutaway Vans, 2016-MY

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Automatic Braking Could Take Longer to Develop for Big Trucks

Automatic emergency braking could take longer to develop in large commercial trucks because of the unique challenges in vehicles that are larger in size and heavier in weight.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Automatic Braking, NHTSA

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled for Power Steering

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

The recall, tied to contamination on the electric power steering control circuit board, affects 442 pickup trucks in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, FCA, Pickup Trucks, Steering

March 24, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Not Backing off GHG Rules for Trailers, Glider Kits

Photo: Utility Trailer Manufacturing

EPA and NHTSA have again indicated they intend to regulate truck trailers and glider kits under their Phase 2 proposal for limiting the GHG emissions and fuel consumption of on-highway trucks.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, Glider Kits, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Recalls Nearly 16,000 Trucks for Steering Shaft Problem

Volvo Trucks North America has issued a recall of certain VNL, VNM and VNX truck models because some of them may have steering shafts that could separate, resulting in complete loss of steering.

Tags: Recalls, Steering, Volvo Trucks North America, NHTSA

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Overloading Risk

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The tire pressure labels on 2,278 2015-2016-MY 2500 and 3500 vans contain inaccurate information, according to NHTSA.

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

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Autocar Recalls Xpeditor Trucks

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

In more than a thousand trucks in the 2013-2016 model years, the brake pedals are at risk for detaching.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Autocar, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

Crash Data Shows Reduction in Trucking-Related Fatalities

Recent analysis by ATA of crash and mileage data has shown a decline in the rate of truck-involved fatalities in both the short and long term.

Tags: ATA, Fatal Accidents, FHWA, NHTSA, Crash Analysis



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