Tag Archives: NHTSA

Where Does Your Smartphone End and Your Car Begin?

GettyImages-514223022Consider the world today: Smartphone manufacturers have already introduced vehicle infotainment systems in automobiles. Vehicle safety technology may be next. A recent safety proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) raises intriguing questions about how our smartphones and automobiles may interface. The proposal may encourage smartphone manufacturers to add vehicle safety technology to their … Continue Reading

Truly Exonerated? NHTSA’s Tesla Autopilot Investigation

Palo Alto, California, USA - July 19, 2011: An interior look at a convertible Tesla Roadster electric sports car. The Roadster was designed in partnership with Lotus and debuted in 2008 and had a sticker price of around $100,000 dollars. Tesla plans to continue to sell the cars through 2012.When the fatal car crash involving a Tesla Model S sedan made headlines last fall, we posted about the accident and predicted that government authorities would classify the crash as being caused by driver error rather than an issue with the “Autopilot” system. Our prediction turned out to be correct.  The National Highway Traffic Safety … Continue Reading

When do Civil Fines by NHTSA or the CPSC Become Criminal?

104383981It might be hard to call the many recent reports of record fines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) “news”, so routine have they recently become.  In 2014 alone, NHTSA issued more than $126 million in civil penalties, exceeding the total amount collected by the agency … Continue Reading

NHTSA To Change Safety Rating Program

175017523On Thursday, January 22, 2015, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to change its safety ratings program for passenger vehicles by adding two automatic emergency braking systems to the agency’s recommended advanced safety features. NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program currently awards up to five stars to vehicles based … Continue Reading

Rear-View Liability: NHTSA Issues New Rule Requiring Rear Visibility Technology

164355317The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) issued a final rule requiring vehicle manufacturers to install rear view cameras in all vehicles by May 1, 2018.  Will this new rule lead to new avenues of litigation risk and potential liability for vehicle manufacturers?  If past history is a guide, the answer may well be yes. … Continue Reading