The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to carry out motor vehicle and highway safety programs. NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. One of the information systems that helps NHTSA fulfill this mission is Artemis, a system that helps NHTSA with the early identification of serious safety-related defects, and ultimately the ability to require more timely recalls.
The Artemis system provides a central repository of data on motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment defects. Receiving information from consumers through the Hotline, public website, manufacturers, safety investigators and screeners, and other government agencies, Artemis stores complaints, recalls, safety defect investigations, and early warning reporting information from manufacturers of applicable equipment/motor vehicles. Designated officials use Artemis in the course of their jobs. Also, some Artemis data is made available to the public through individual requests or through a public Web site.