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Audit Initiated of NHTSA’s Special Crash Investigations Program

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In 2022, an estimated 42,795 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. To assist in its mission to save lives and prevent injuries, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created its Special Crash Investigations (SCI) program. The automotive safety community uses the program to improve the performance of advanced safety systems in cars, light trucks, school buses, and other vehicles. Given NHTSA’s goal to conduct timely crash investigations and provide data for improving the performance of advanced safety systems, we are initiating a review of NHTSA’s SCI program. Accordingly, our audit objectives will be to assess the SCI program’s (1) selection of crashes for investigation, (2) collection and analysis of special crash investigation data, and (3) use of this data to improve vehicle safety.