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Hyundai Agrees to Pay $17.35 Million Fine in Brake Defect Case

Automaker Failed to Report Defect in a Timely Manner

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million civil penalty and comply with NHTSA oversight requirements outlined in a Consent Order as a result of the manufacturer failing to report in a timely manner a safety-related defect affecting 2009-2012 Hyundai Genesis vehicles.

GM Announcement

Secretary Foxx

GM Announcement
Washington, DC • May 16, 2014

Thank you all for coming.

At this Department, our top priority is ensuring the safety of the traveling public. It always has been. 

Achieving that goal isn’t easy. It takes commitment from everyone with a stake in our transportation system. And we know no one is perfect.

NHTSA Announces Final Rule Requiring Rear Visibility Technology

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018.  This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents.

U.S. Department of Transportation Extends Cooperative Research Program with Automotive Industry to Cut Drunk Driving on U.S. Roads

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced a five-year extension of its cooperative agreement with the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), comprised of 15 automakers, to continue researching advanced alcohol detection technology that could prevent vehicles from being driven by a drunk driver.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Holiday Crackdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland today kicked off the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” winter holiday crackdown on drunk and drugged driving, along with representatives from local law enforcement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).   To further deter drunk driving, NHTSA today released a “Model Guideline for State Ignition Interlock Programs” that will help states develop and implement a breath alcohol ignition interlock program based on highly successful practices from the U.S. and around the world.

Changing your clocks means changing your driving habits

In addition to raking leaves, one thing many of us can also look forward to this weekend is setting our clocks back one hour. And in addition to checking the batteries on your smoke detectors, the end of Daylight Saving Time should also mean a change in your safe driving habits.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds us that the seasonal combination of increasingly less sunlight and a return to Standard Time means that darkness falls at least an hour earlier.

Graphic of a clock amid fallen leaves

A stronger, safer transportation future for Indian Country

At DOT, we’re committed to ensuring that everyone who needs a ride to earn a paycheck, attend school, see the doctor, or buy groceries has that opportunity – whether they live in an urban center, a rural community, or on tribal land.

That’s why I was pleased to speak to the National Tribal Transportation Conference in Prior Lake, Minnesota, about the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to improving tribal transportation resources and safety.

Photo of NHTSA Administrator Strickland at Tribal Transportation event

Operation Safe Driver making our roads safer for everyone

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is adding to our road safety message this week (see the October 24 post on Teen Driver Safety Week) with Operation Safe Driver, an all-out effort to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles.

During Operation Safe Driver, our safety partners are stepping up commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; and driver roadside inspections. They're also increasing commercial driver safety education efforts.

But an equally important part of this campaign is the effort to raise awareness among the public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.

FMCSA Administrator speaks at an Operation Safe Driver event in Hartford.

NOYS Distracted Driving Summit empowers student safety advocates

Last week, we wrote about the safety efforts of the It Can Wait campaign, which is urging everyone to pledge to never text and drive and to ask others to do the same.

Today, we want to thank the young safety advocates who attended the 2013 National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit.

In addition to those who came to Washington, DC, for Friday's summit, we're also grateful to the NOYS advocates who couldn't make the trip but who work year-round in their schools and communities to promote safe driving.