According to preliminary estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 36,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2019.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), over 36,000 motor vehicle related deaths occurred in the United States in 2018, making up 97 percent of surface transportation fatalities.
What We Looked At
Takata Corporation Pleads Guilty and Is Sentenced To Pay $1 Billion in Criminal Penalties for Airbag Scheme
On February 27, 2017, Takata Corporation pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Detroit, Michigan.
In 2008, auto manufacturers began recalling vehicles equipped with airbags manufactured by TK Holdings Inc. (Takata) due to a safety defect that has led to 11 fatalities and approximately 180 injuries in the United States.
As requested by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, we assessed the status of 17 recommendations we made in June 2015 to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to improve Office of Def
In October 2011, we issued an audit of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) oversight of vehicle safety, which made 10 recommendations to enhance the ability of NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) to identify and
The Inspector General (IG) testified on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) vehicle safety oversight.
Inadequate Data and Analysis Undermine NHTSA’s Efforts To Identify and Investigate Vehicle Safety Concerns
Since February 2014, the General Motors Corporation (GM) has recalled 8.7 million vehicles in the United States due to an ignition switch defect that can unexpectedly shut down the engine and disable power steering, power brakes, and air bags.
On March 11, 2015, we issued a letter to Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the status of our open audit recommendations.