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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Briefing Room provides the latest news and information on agency announcements and events. All media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-366-9550 or NHTSAMedia@dot.gov.
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NHTSA and EPA finalize CAFE and carbon dioxide emissions standards for model years 2021-2026

The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, issued by NHTSA and EPA, sets tough but feasible fuel economy and carbon dioxide standards that increase 1.5% in stringency each year from model years 2021 through 2026. These standards apply to both passenger cars and light trucks, and will continue our nation’s progress toward energy independence and carbon dioxide reduction, while recognizing the realities of the marketplace and consumers’ interest in buying vehicles that meet all of their diverse needs. SAFE Vehicles Rule 

SAFE Vehicles Rule
More Safe, Clean, Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Will Be on Our Roads

NHTSA Issues First-Ever Proposal to Modernize Occupant Protection Safety Standards for Vehicles Without Manual Controls

NHTSA has announced a proposal to modernize numerous Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems. The notice of proposed rulemaking seeks to adapt safety requirements to vehicles with ADS that lack traditional manual controls by revising the requirements and test procedures to account for the removal of manually operated driving controls.  

2020 Public Service Awards announced

The 12 honorees have helped improve safety on our roads. ‘We can all be inspired by their work and contributions,’ says NHTSA Acting Administrator James Owens.

NHTSA Announces Release of $562 Million in Highway Safety Grants

The grants for highway safety programs will help save lives by addressing impaired driving, promoting seat belt use, improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety and funding other important traffic safety efforts.

First Responder Safety Technology Pilot Program

NHTSA proposes to establish a $38 million multi-modal First Responder Safety Technology Pilot Program. Grants will allow awardees to equip emergency response vehicles and related infrastructure — such as traffic signals — and public transit with vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies, to enhance the safety of emergency response vehicles and the traveling public.

WATCH: NHTSA Emergency Response Vehicles Advanced Vehicle Safety Technology Webinar

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