Currently in Florida, law enforcement is permitted to stop and cite drivers for bald tires, worn brakes or similar equipment issues. But there’s no formal way to get these vehicles off the road and get them fixed up because Florida doesn’t have annual vehicle inspections. Read more here.
WASHINGTON – The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding and accelerating the recall of Takata air bag inflators. The decision follows the agency’s confirmation of the root cause behind the inflators’ propensity to rupture. Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been tied to ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States.
Under the Amended Consent Order issued to Takata this week, the company is required to make a series of safety defect decisions that will support vehicle manufacturer recall campaigns of an additional estimated 35-40 million inflators, adding to the already 28.8 million inflators previously recalled. These expansions are planned to take place in phases between May 2016 and December 2019. The expansions mean that all Takata ammonium nitrate-based propellant driver and passenger frontal air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent, also known as a desiccant, will be recalled.
“Today’s action is a significant step in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s aggressive oversight of Takata on behalf of drivers and passengers across America,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The acceleration of this recall is based on scientific evidence and will protect all Americans from air bag inflators that may become unsafe.”
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today a historic commitment by 20 automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. auto market to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on virtually all new cars no later than NHTSA’s 2022 reporting year, which begins Sept 1, 2022. For more information, click here.
In 2014, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) held the first annual safety inspection forum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year, ASA, in conjunction with ASA-Midwest and the Missouri Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP-MO), will host the second Vehicle Safety Inspection and Maintenance Forum in St. Louis, Missouri. The half-day program will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, and will serve as the next phase of ASA’s mission of raising awareness of the importance of periodic motor vehicle inspection programs and developing strategies to protect these programs. ASA encourages anyone involved in the automotive industry to attend this most important automotive safety program. Registration is free and attendees can sign up here.
On October 29, ASA’s legislative representative, Bob Redding, spoke on the popular aftermarket podcast, Remarkable Results. During the program, Bob outlined the details of ASA’s upcoming safety inspection forum on December 2nd, including the high caliber presenters and importance of remaining engaged in the effort to protect safety inspections.
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Ten major vehicle manufacturers have committed to making automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles built, the U.S. Department of Transportation, its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced today. See the full story here.
On August 27, 2015, U.S. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requesting a rulemaking to increase early warning reporting requirements for automakers. See the full text of the letter here.
WASHINGTON — The nation’s top auto-safety regulator, under fire for the government’s failure to detect defects at General Motors and the airbag supplier Takata, appealed for more money for vehicle investigations at a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday.
The hearing, before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, took a broad look at safety issues, including a long-delayed recall of G.M. cars linked to at least 117 deaths and a continuing recall in the United States of about 32 million vehicles with defective airbags made by Takata. Read more here.
The study, entitled, “Failure rates and data driven policies for vehicle inspections in Pennsylvania,” explains the safety benefits of the annual inspection program.
Rail, truck, commercial bus, and aircraft have federally mandated safety inspection programs in the United States, while inspections of personal vehicles, which make up the majority of passenger miles, are optionally imposed at the state level. In recent years, some states have chosen to eliminate the vehicle safety inspection program because of budget constraints and concerns about program effectiveness. Currently, 26 states have a schedule for conducting safety inspections, but Pennsylvania is one of thirteen states that currently require all personal light duty vehicles to be inspected every year. The remaining states have completely eliminated safety inspection programs. However, as automobiles become safer, Pennsylvania legislators are now pushing to phase out the inspection program to reduce the costs of owning a vehicle. This study combines Pennsylvania vehicle registration data with two large samples of results from state safety inspections. We find that the state safety inspection fail rate for light-duty vehicles is 12–18%, well above the often-cited rate of 2%. Vehicles that are older than three years old or have more than about 30,000 miles can have much higher rates. When analyzing new vehicles, less than or equal to one year old, it is found that even these vehicles have a failure rate greater than zero. Furthermore, while the vehicle fleet appears to be getting safer over the past few years by improvements in technology or other external circumstances, the inspection failure rate does not appear to be trending toward zero in the near future. We also show that accurate inspection data is limited and often incorrectly analyzed. Lastly, the importance of vehicle maintenance over a vehicle’s lifetime is proven to be evident, since regular usage causes vehicles to deteriorate. We conclude that vehicle safety inspections should continue to be implemented in order to keep driving conditions safe.
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