'Click It or Ticket' Campaign Focuses
on Nighttime Drivers
May 22: Motorists who die in crashes are likely to be unbuckled. In 2011, 62% of motorists who died in a crash at night were unrestrained, compared to 43% who died in a daytime crash. >> News Release
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NHTSA Hosts Vehicle
The May 13-14 event focused on issues related to fuel economy, vehicle mass reduction and the effects of vehicle mass and size on vehicle safety. Catch up on the available reports and presentations delivered at the workshop through the following link: Read More
Guidelines to Minimize
In-Vehicle Distractions Released by DOT
April 23: Voluntary guidelines encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk connected to electronic devices built into their vehicles, such as communications, entertainment and navigation devices. Read More
NHTSA Unveils Free
'SaferCar' Mobile App
App for Apple devices will provide real-time vehicle safety information from NHTSA's SaferCar.gov site. Users will be able to search 5-Star Safety Ratings for vehicles by make and model, file vehicle safety complaints, locate car seat installation help, find recall information and subscribe to automatic notices about vehicle recalls. Read More
Check Out 'A Parent's Guide To Playing It Safe With Kids And Cars'
Did you know 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly? The consequences can be devastating. In fact, vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old. Read More
Vehicle Theft Prevention: What Consumers Should Know
Like most Americans, your vehicle is an indespensable part of your life. What would happen if it suddenly disappeared because it was stolen? You likely would find it difficult, if not impossible, to take care of even the simplest everyday errands. To keep it from happening to you, check out our tips and suggestions to keep your vehicle safe from thieves. Read More
Sign Up Now to Get
Email Recall Alerts
For Your Vehicles
NHTSA has made it easier and faster to receive important email alerts on recalls for up to 5 vehicles. You can also subscribe for alerts on recalls for child seats and tires. Read More
Recent Research & Data
- Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2012 Summary, This Research Note provides a statistical projection of traffic fatalities which estimates 34,080 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2012. This represents an increase of about 5.3 percent as compared to the 32,367 fatalities that occurred in 2011. If these projections are realized, 2012 will be first year with a year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005.
- 2011 Traffic Safety Fact Sheet: "Children", During 2011, there were a total of 32,367 traffic fatalities in the United States. The 14-and-younger age group accounted for 1,140 (4%) of those traffic fatalities, which is a 6-percent decrease from the 1,211 fatalities in 2010. In 2011, there were 171,000 children age 14 and younger injured, which remained the same as in 2010.
2011 Traffic Safety Fact Sheets "Overview", Motor vehicle travel is the primary means of transportation in the United States, providing an unprecedented degree of mobility. Yet for all its advantages, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for age 4 and every age 11 through 27 (based on 2009 data). This fact sheet contains an overview of FARS/GES data including, but not limited to, alcohol, occupants, restraint use, driver’s involved, speeding involvement, motorcycles, large trucks, passenger vehicles, older and younger population data, children pedestrians, pedalcyclists and much more are available in this fact sheet.
May 23, 2013NHTSA Joins Safe Kids, Nevada Safety Advocates to Highlight Dangers of Child Heatstroke in Hot Cars
May 22, 2013U.S. Department of Transportation 'Click It or Ticket' Campaign Focuses its Efforts to Nighttime Drivers
May 06, 2013NHTSA Reminds Motorists to Safely 'Share the Road' with Motorcyclists