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April 14, 2014 - Industry News

More than 4,100 Natural Gas Powered Autocar Trucks Recalled

Autocar is recalling 4,100 model year 2008-2014 ACX, WX, and WXLL vehicles manufactured July 30, 2007, through Feb.10, 2014, and equipped with certain Cummins Westport Model ISL G or ISX12 G engines, which are powered by natural gas..

Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Recalls, Autocar, Safety & Compliance, Cummins Westport, NHTSA

April 6, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Expects Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Mandates

Bendix expects a mandate for collision avoidance systems.

By the time 2020 rolls around, you can expect new trucks to be equipped with mandatory stability control and collision avoidance technology, according to Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs for Bendix.

Tags: Regulations, Electronic Stability Control, Bendix, Mid-America Trucking Show, Collision Avoidance, NHTSA

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Natural Gas, Aerodynamics Will Help Meet Future Fuel Economy Goals

The report recommends that NHTSA and EPA develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles, as is presently the case for diesel and gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, Aerodynamics, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Side Underride Guards Among NTSB Safety Recommendations

These recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on straight-trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well.

Tags: Trailers, NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, Safety & Compliance, Underride, NHTSA, Tractor Trailers, Accidents, Regulations

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

Tags: Safety, Hazmat, Tankers, Congress, GAO, NHTSA, ATA

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Working on Talking Car and Light Truck Technology

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is spearheading national efforts to create connected-vehicle communication technology for roadways. Photo: VTTI

Following a U.S. Department of Transportation call to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been tapped to design the delivery integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway.

Tags: Technology, Safety, Information Technology, U.S. DOT, V2V, NHTSA

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Group Criticizes Fuel Economy Rules, Others Positive to Cautious

The nation’s largest group of truckers is speaking out against President Obama’s Tuesday announcement ordering federal regulators to increase fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for trucks beyond the 2018 model year. Others say the plan will pay dividends in the trucking industry.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Frost & Sullivan, Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, OOIDA, Diesel Technology Forum, NHTSA, President Obama

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Starts Next Truck Fuel Economy Rule

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on improving the fuel efficiency of American trucks, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House photo by Amanda Lucidon)

UPDATED -- President Obama pushed the start button on the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty fuel economy standards.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, President Obama, Regulations, ATA

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

More Than 21,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt Chassis Recalled

Paccar is recalling 11,056 model year 2013-2014 Kenworth T680 chassis manufactured Jan. 1, 2012 through Oct. 14, 2013, and Peterbilt 567 and 579 chassis manufactured Jan. 20, 2012 through Oct. 11, 2013, and equipped with Inteva-brand door latch assemblies.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Safety, Peterbilt, Recalls, NHTSA

February 3, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Will Go Ahead with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Initiative for Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to go ahead with a regulation that will require vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems in new cars. The move signals that trucks are likely to be included at some point in the future.

Tags: Safety, V2V, NHTSA, Information Technology

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Recalling Some ProStar Models

Navistar is recalling more than 2,800 model year 2013-2014 International ProStar sleeper cab vehicles manufactured Dec. 12, 2012, through Aug. 8, of this year.

Tags: International, Navistar, Recalls, NHTSA

December 13, 2013 - Industry News

Strickland to Step Down as NHTSA Chief

David Strickland

David Strickland, chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the past three years, is stepping down, the agency confirmed.

Tags: Leadership, NHTSA

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Foreign Tire Sales Recalls Truck Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring Foreign Tire Sales Inc. to recall 2,659 truck tires because of inaccurate load and inflation information on the tires.

Tags: DOT, Recalls, Tires, NHTSA, Foreign Tire Sales

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New Diesel Truck and Bus Engines Emissions Dramatically Cleaner Than Expected

A new study says the reduction in emissions in the newest clean-diesel engines has exceeded the amount required by law. The study by the Coordinating Research Council in cooperation with the Health Effects Institute highlights the low-emissions performance of the new generation of clean diesel technology manufactured starting in 2010.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Diesel Technology Forum, NHTSA

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities Rose 3.3% in 2012

The national highway safety effort lost ground in 2012 as fatalities from both car and truck crashes increased compared to the previous year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a 3.3% increase, from 32,479 to 33,561.

Tags: Accidents, ATA, NHTSA

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Reviews Benefits, Costs of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

A vehicle-to-vehicle wireless network could improve safety by communicating warnings, but the benefits depend on broad deployment and acceptance by the public.

Tags: DOT, GAO, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, V2V, UMTRI, NHTSA

November 1, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. Traffic Deaths Fall in First Half of 2013

Newly released figures show U.S. traffic fatalities in the first half of 2013 are down from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Highway Fatalities, NHTSA

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Two Recalls Issued for Volvo Trucks

The first of two new recalls by Volvo Trucks involves 381 model year 2013-2014 VNL vehicles manufactured April 2, 2012, through May 3, 2013 that are equipped with a Meritor RPL-20 driveline transmission.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

23,000 Volvo Trucks Being Recalled

Volvo Trucks North America is recalling certain 23,000 2007-2014 VAH, VHD, VNL, VNM, and VT models because of an omission that could lengthen stopping distances. The affected vehicles were manufactured from December 20, 2006 through May 22, 2013.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Recalling More Than 7,700 Trucks

Navistar is recalling more than 7,700 2012-2013 International ProStar and TranStar commercial trucks, manufactured from August 1, 2011, through July 10, 2012, that are equipped with front brake linings listed as feature codes 0504501, 0504504, or 04EWM. The brake S-Cam tube bracket assemblies made by Meritor on the steer axles may fracture.

Tags: Navistar, Recalls, NHTSA

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

More Than 1,300 2014 Kenworth and Peterbilt Trucks Being Recalled

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice says an internal defect in the ignition switch causes the starter to engage when a key is partially inserted before the key is turned, and could cause injury to a person working in the engine compartment. Vehicles with standard transmissions may experience unexpected movement, which may result in personal injury or a crash.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Peterbilt, Recalls, NHTSA

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Speed Limiter Proposal Returned to NHTSA

Just over a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted a proposed regulation to require speed limiters on big rigs to the DOT, it has been returned to the agency without approval.

Tags: Speed Limiter, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities Increase for the First Time in Several Years

A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows highway fatalities in the United States increased last year 5.3% from 2011, reversing several years of annual declines.

Tags: Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Safety

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Recalls Issued For Daimler, Volvo and Navistar Trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced three truck makers -- Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo and Navistar International -- are recalling vehicles, for defects including daytime running lights, a battery disconnect switch and an axle bearing retaining nut lock snap ring.

Tags: Navistar, Volvo Trucks, NHTSA, Daimler Trucks North America, Recalls

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Recall Issued for Certain Kenworth and Peterbilt Models

Paccar is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks and model year 2013-2014 Peterbilt 567, 579 and 587 trucks equipped with air ride seats. The cables for anchoring the seat belt buckles of both the driver and passenger seat may fray.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Peterbilt, NHTSA, Recalls

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