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NHTSA Data Shows Traffic Deaths up 7.7 Percent in 2015

WASHINGTON – Preliminary data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. An estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.

“Every American should be able to drive, ride or walk to their destination safely, every time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We are analyzing the data to determine what factors contributed to the increase in fatalities and at the same time, we are aggressively testing new safety technologies, new ways to improve driver behavior, and new ways to analyze the data we have, as we work with the entire road safety community to take this challenge head-on.” Read more here.

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NHTSA: New Test Data on Subset of Takata Air Bag Inflators Shows Substantially Higher Risk

WASHINGTON – New test data on a particular subset of defective Takata air bag inflators in certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment, prompting an urgent call from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that unrepaired vehicles in this population are found and fixed before they cause further injuries or fatalities.

“With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.”

See the full release here.

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Florida Repairers Call for Automotive Safety Inspections

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.

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NHTSA Expands and Accelerates Takata Air Bag Inflator Recall

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.”

For more information, please click here.

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NHTSA Announces Automakers’ Commitment to Standardize Automatic Emergency Braking

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.

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Registration Live for ASA’s Second Annual Safety Inspection Forum in St. Louis, Missouri

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.

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ASA’s Bob Redding Joins Carm Capriotto to Talk PMVI on Remarkable Results Podcast

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.

Listen to the full podcast here.

For more information about attending the safety inspection forum, click here.

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Senators Press Used Car Dealers on Vehicle Recall Repairs

In a renewed push to protect consumers from potentially unsafe recalled vehicles, two leading Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee want to know why some car dealers are standing in the way of efforts to require recalled used vehicles to be fixed before they’re sold to the public. 

In letters send today to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA), U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) questioned whether dealers are placing economic concerns ahead of customers’ safety. To see the full release, click here

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Ten Major Vehicle Manufacturers Commit to Automatic Braking in all new Vehicles

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.

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U.S. Senators Request Tighter Standards for Early Warning Reporting Requirements from NHTSA

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.

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