Every day developments in the area of product safety occur. Whether it be recalls, the launch of defect investigations by NHTSA, or national or regional news about advancements in automotive safety technologies, news and information in this area is constantly changing.

To assist consumers and attorneys, some of the more notable developments are noted herein for easy reference. If you have any questions about any of these topics or desire more information do not hesitate to call us.

USDOT Proposes Updated Safety Standard to Prioritize Braking Control, Reduce Risk of High-Speed Unintended Acceleration for Nation’s Cars

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today proposed to update existing safety standards to ensure drivers can better stop a vehicle in the event both the brake and accelerator pedals are depressed at the same time. NHTSA research indicates a “Brake-Throttle Override” requirement will help reduce the risks of high-speed…

Obama Administration Wants Heftier Fines for Auto Safety Violations

The Obama administration is calling for higher fines for auto safety violations, but an auto trade group contends that the proposed increases are “unfairly punitive.” David Strickland, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in congressional testimony recently that the current maximum fine of $17 million per case is not adequate. The…