NHTSA Oversight of Safety Defects and New Automotive Technologies: Challenges and Assessments

Violet Clarke (Editor)

Series: Transportation Issues, Policies and R&D
BISAC: TEC009160

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce the economic costs due to traffic crashes. As such, NHTSA is responsible for overseeing vehicle safety, a task made more challenging by the increasingly complex electronics and software used in today’s vehicles. NHTSA’s oversight faces greater scrutiny after a series of high-profile vehicle recalls that highlighted deficiencies with NHTSA’s safety-defect investigation processes. This book addresses challenges identified for NHTSA’s oversight of safety defects; NHTSA’s implementation of a new IT system for safety-defect investigations; and how NHTSA is addressing new technologies in its oversight of vehicle safety, among other things. (Imprint: Nova)



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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Vehicle Safety: Enhanced Project Management of New Information Technology Could Help Improve NHTSA’s Oversight of Safety Defects
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2. Inadequate Data and Analysis Undermine NHTSA’s Efforts to Identify and Investigate Vehicle Safety Concerns
U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General

Chapter 3. NHTSA’s Path Forward
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Chapter 4. Workforce Assessment: The Future of NHTSA’s Defects Investigations
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


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