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Bonding Issues Center of Several Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued three recalls – two from Mercedes-Benz USA LLC (Mercedes-Benz) and one from Hino Motors Sales U.S.A., Inc. (Hino). Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz recently issued a safety recall for the following vehicle models that … Continue reading

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NHTSA Issues New Mercedes-Benz Windshield Recall

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a windshield recall for select Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) models. According to the administration, the windshield may become separated from the vehicle frame. Owners of the 2020 MBUSA GLE 450 are … Continue reading

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Visibility Issue Prompts NTHSA to Issue Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued three visibility recalls on Highland Ridge RV, Keystone RV Company (Keystone), and Thor Motor Coach (TMC). Each recall states the affected vehicle models have bonding issues. Highland Ridge RV The recall, … Continue reading

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Adhesion Issue Sparks Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a new safety recall of certain Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) buses, medium, and heavy vehicles. The recall states the affected vehicle models’ adhesive bond between the glass and the metal hinge frame of … Continue reading

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DOT Grants Glazing Exemption from Three Vehicle Safety Standards for Automated Vehicles

The Department of Transportation granted a petition this month to Nuro for a temporary exemption from three provisions of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 500 for low-speed vehicles. The exemptions involve the vehicle’s glazing, as the vehicle, the … Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Glass Panel Recall Might Land in Your Shop

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a new visibility recall of 79 Mercedes-Benz products affecting 744,852 vehicle owners. Vehicle models from the vehicle manufacturer’s C-, CLK-, CLS- and E-Class lines sold between 2001 and 2011 will be recalled … Continue reading

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Top Stories of the Decade

As we head into 2020, glassBYTEs.com took a look at the most popular stories of the 2010s. The top ten may not be what you expected but they were the most read based on page views. 1. Honda Requires OE … Continue reading

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New Visibility Recall Might Impact Your Shop

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a new recall. More than 250,000 BMW of North America (BMW) models are being recalled. The NHTSA states the issue may affect driver visibility and increase the risk for an accident. According … Continue reading

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Thousands Impacted By Latest Recalls

Visibility and structure were two areas of concern highlighted in recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The companies involved are Mazda North American Operations (Mazda), Hino Motors Sales U.S.A., Inc. (Hino), and BYD Coach & Bus … Continue reading

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King Shows Frustration Amid Waiting to Be Confirmed and Steps Down

“How do you know when you are working too hard? When your vacation is reported as a career change,” a LinkedIn post from Deputy NHTSA Administrator Heidi King reads, who will now be resigning effective August 31, 2019. The post … Continue reading

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Recalls That May Come Into Your Shop

Visibility and spontaneous glass breakage were focal points of the latest recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The auto manufacturers involved are Daimler Vans USA, LLC (DVUSA), Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati), and Gillig LLC (Gillig). … Continue reading

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Three Recalls That Should Be on Your Radar

Three new recalls were issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that may impact your business. The auto manufacturers involved are Subaru of America. Inc. (Subaru), LA West, Inc. (LA West), and Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA). Subaru Just … Continue reading

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Perrone Robotics Spread Autonomous Transportation

Perrone Robotics has launched a three-month pilot autonomous shuttle program in partnership with JAUNT and Virginia’s Albemarle County. The company’s goal is to increase mobility options for people across the country. Headquartered in Crozet, Va., Perrone Robotics has been developing … Continue reading

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Hyundai’s Exploding Sunroof Lawsuit Final Hearing to Be Had

A U.S. District Court of California judge has set the date for the settlement hearing for an ongoing legal battle between Billy Glenn and Hyundai. The hearing is scheduled for August 12, 2019. The lawsuit began four years ago when … Continue reading

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Improper Window Glass Tempering Recall Might Impact Your Customers

There is a new recall you should be aware of, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) 2019 Crosstrek vehicles have been found to have issues that impact the industry. According to … Continue reading

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Roof Hatch and Mirror Glass Recalls Surface – What You Should Know

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued two new recalls that directly impact the auto glass industry. The auto manufacturers involved are Motor Coach Industries (MCI) and PACCAR Incorporated (PACCAR). PACCAR Thousands of 2020 Peterbilt 520 and 579 vehicles … Continue reading

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Kia Exploding Sunroof Case Could Continue

Kia Motors America, Inc. (Kia) could soon be headed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals over alleged defects in its sunroofs found in some of its models. Tom Kondash, and several others, originally filed a lawsuit in July of … Continue reading

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Vehicle Sensor Recall Could Impact Your Customers

There is a new recall you should be aware of, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain Daimler Vans USA, LLC vehicle makes have been found to have issues that impact the industry. Nearly 600Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz … Continue reading

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Windows May Detach Following Recent Volvo Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a new recall that directly impacts the auto glass industry. Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo) vehicle windows are the main focus on the administration’s recall. More than 11,000 2018-2020 VNL and … Continue reading

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Senate Committee Approves King in 14-12 Vote

Heidi King has been trying to gain confirmation as the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since June 2018, when she was chosen by the administration to lead the agency for the first time. King however, did … Continue reading

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NHTSA Drops International Window Safety Standards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced its plans to forgo its 2012 proposal regarding the harmonization between U.S. vehicle window safety standards with international rules. “NHTSA withdraws its June 21, 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed … Continue reading

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NHTSA Asked to Exclude One Vehicle from Safety Standards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been asked to exclude a certain low-speed vehicle from certain Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). The Administration will make its decision following a public comment period where members of the community … Continue reading

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How 4 Recalls May Impact Your Business

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued four recalls with implications for the auto glass industry. The recalls affect Nissan Altima, Mercedes Benz recently published four recalls that may affect your business. The three vehicle makes included in … Continue reading

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King Nominated to Lead the NHTSA Again

You might remember Heidi King, as she was chosen by President Trump to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the first time, at the end of June. At the time King gained the Senate’s approval then awaited … Continue reading

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Looks Like More Than The U.S. Government Is Shutdown

When children argue it usually doesn’t last long before they make up, but when adults argue there’s no set time limit. This can even be seen though the most recent government shutdown. The United States entered day 24 today, making … Continue reading

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Latest Recall Affects Hyundai

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the model’s panoramic sunroof motor may be incorrectly programmed. The incorrect programming could prevent the sunroof from detecting an … Continue reading

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How Two Recalls Might Affect You

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published two recalls that may affect your business. The two vehicle makes included in the recall are Champion Bus Inc. and Mercedes Benz, vehicle owners who are affected by these recalls have … Continue reading

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New Recall Affects Polaris

Polaris owners and auto shops have a new recall to keep an eye out for. Polaris Industries Inc. released a recall on its 2015 and 2016 Slingshot models that have a backup camera. More than eleven thousand vehicle owners will … Continue reading

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Possible Visibility Issues for Certain Motorcycle Models

Ducati owners may be stopping by your shop for the latest recall with its mirrors. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vibrations may distort images in its mirrors. The models to look out for are the 2017-2019 … Continue reading

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Loss of Visibility Soon May Be the Root for Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued recalls that affect driver visibility. The two vehicle makes included in the recall are Mercedes Benz and Honda–thousands of vehicle owners are affected by these recalls. More than three hundred 2018 … Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Sunroof May Detach

Repair shops and owners may want to keep an eye out for potential issues with the panoramic sunroof on select Mercedes-Benz models, as it may become detached. The detachment may increase the driver’s chance of causing an accident. According to … Continue reading

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NHTSA Issues Two Recalls to Keep an Eye Out For

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall related to a loss of driver visibility in some Karma Revero and Volkswagen vehicles. Loss of visibility was shown in two models: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, and the 2018 Karma … Continue reading

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King Moves Past The Senate In Hopes Of Becoming The Next NHTSA Leader

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been without an official leader since Mark Rosekind stepped down from the position just before President Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017. Heidi King aims to change that by becoming the administration’s … Continue reading

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Two Recalls To Know About

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced two recalls this week, one of which is directly related to glass—specifically glass not fully tempered. General Motors LLC  is recalling certain 2018 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles. “The driver and front passenger door window … Continue reading

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AGC Notifies NHTSA of Improperly Marked Rear Privacy Glass; Asks for Exemption from Recall

AGC Glass Company North America has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that “certain rear privacy glass manufactured as replacement glass for certain model year (MY) 2013-2017 Jeep Compass motor vehicles does not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle … Continue reading

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3 Out of 10 Recalled Vehicles are Not Repaired; Maryland Program Aims to Change That

Millions of vehicles are under recall at any given moment in the U.S., but not all owners of recalled vehicles get their car fixed. Faulty windshields and sunroofs remain on many vehicles, posing a potential safety threat to drivers and … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Sunroofs

As the demand for panoramic sunroofs continues to grow, so do the news stories about spontaneous exploding sunroofs nationwide. Windshields are regulated, but there are no such regulations for increasingly larger sunroofs despite consumer complaints about shattering glass. Consumer Reports … Continue reading

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Chrysler Recalls Certain Dodge Caravans Due to Air Bag Defect

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall on certain Chrysler vehicles, specifically certain 2011-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles due to an air bag defect. According to the notice, approximately 209,135 vans are affected.  The recall states, … Continue reading

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GM Extends Headlamp Module Warranty

Following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation, General Motors (GM) has extended its headlight warranty to cover problems related to its headlamp driver modules recall.  The initial recall was for defective low-beam headlights and daytime running lights on … Continue reading

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NHTSA Investigates GM for 2015 Headlamp Module Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating General Motors (GM) due to a 2015 headlamp driver module recall that was meant to fix faulty low-beam headlights. NHTSA is looking into whether or not the 2015 recall fixed … Continue reading

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GM CEO Mary Barra Speculated To Become Next NHTSA Head

GM CEO Mary Barra Speculated To Become Next NHTSA Head

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Mercedes-Benz Issues Recall over Windshield Issue

Mercedes-Benz USA has issued a recall for several models because of a defect that could cause the windshield to separate from the vehicle. Recalled models include 2016 GLE350 4Matic and GLS 450 4Matic,  2017 GLE 400 4Matic, GLE 350 4Matic, … Continue reading

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Representatives Propose “SPY Car Study” to NHTSA

With automated driving (AD) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) gaining traction in the industry, two U.S. Representatives are concerned about what this could mean for driver privacy and cybersecurity. Calif.-Representative Ted Lieu and S.C.-Representative Joe Wilson have proposed a … Continue reading

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Nissan Recalls More than 300,000 Vehicles

Nissan North America has recently issued a recall on certain 2015-2017 Altima sedans due to faulty wiring of rear windows. According to the notice, 341,005 vehicles may be affected. “The rear door latch/lock cable on the vehicles may have been … Continue reading

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General Motors Issues Recalls on Suburban HD and Malibu

General Motors LLC (GM) has issued a recall for certain 2016-2017 Chevrolet Suburban HD vehicles due to improperly assembled side view mirrors. The recall was issued on January 12, and applies to 214 vehicles. “These vehicles were assembled with a … Continue reading

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Audi Recalls 500,000+ Vehicles

Audi is recalling nearly a quarter million vehicles due to a sunroof drainage defect, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report.

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NHTSA Proposes New V2V Standard

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed the establishment of a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications for new light vehicles, according the Federal Register.

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A Look at 2016’s Top Stories

From lawsuits to changes in the automotive glass industry, 2016 proved to be an unpredictable one.

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U.S. DOT Advances Deployment of Connected Vehicle Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule December 14 that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet, according to a DOT release.

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Hyundai Denied Motion to Dismiss Sunroof Suit

A California judge has denied Hyundai’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought against the car company for allegedly defective sunroofs.

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NHTSA to Hold Public Meeting on Automated Vehicles Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a public meeting to seek input on sections of the recently released Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (the Policy).

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U.S. DOT Proposes Cybersecurity Guidance to Automotive Industry

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will look for public feedback on proposed guidance to protect vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorized access.

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Transportation Dept. to Hold Public Meeting on Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a public meeting for November to gain input on the department’s federal policy on automated vehicles.

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Plaintiffs Drop Complaints Against Ford For Sunroofs

Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit brought against Ford Motor Co. for defective panoramic sunroofs have withdrawn their allegations.

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Subaru Recalls Thousands of Vehicles for Defective Windshield Wipers

Nearly 1 million Subaru vehicles are being recalled as a result of potentially faulty windshield wipers.

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Ford Recalls 2014 Vehicles to Reinstall Panoramic Sunroofs

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 900 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles to reinstall panoramic roofs, according to the automaker.

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Automated Vehicles Policy issued by U.S. DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released its federal policy for automated vehicles.

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Ford Door-Latch Recall Now Encompasses 2.4 Million Vehicles

Ford has expanded a recall over a door-latch issue to cover an additional 1.5 million vehicles at the request of the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA). The total number of vehicles affected is now 2.4 million.

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Final Count: Traffic Fatalities Show Highest Increase in Almost 50 Years

Traffic fatalities totaled 35,092 in 2015, a 7.2 percent increase from 2014, according to the final numbers released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This number ends a five-decade trend of declining fatalities, according to NHTSA.

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General Motors Recalls Select Models for Visibility Issue

Windshield wipers could break on 367,808 General Motors’ Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain 2013 models, according to a recall from the automaker.

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Rosekind: We Can’t Wait for Autonomous Technology to be Perfect

If the automotive industry expects the National Department of Transportation to release thousands of pages of regulations on autonomous vehicles in the coming weeks, they will not get them, according to Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety … Continue reading

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NHTSA Recalls Select Commercial Bus Models Because of Glass Issue

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Micro Bird MBII, G5 and CT Series commercial buses over a potential glass issue.

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2015 Road Fatalities Up 7.7 Percent Over Prior Year

Roadway deaths for 2015 are up 7.7 percent from 2014, according to preliminary data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Fatalities among occupants of vehicles that rolled over increased by 5 percent over the previous year.

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Watch the Relationship Between Windshields and Airbags in Action

As many technicians know, windshields play a vital role in a vehicle’s safety system. When airbags deploy, they bounce off the glass and a properly installed windshield helps to ensure the driver and passenger’s safety in a crash. See this relationship in action thanks to crash test footage supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Also, learn the names of this year’s featured speakers during Auto Glass Week™ 2016. We’ll also share more about the second annual golf tournament to be held just prior to Auto Glass Week in our June newscast.

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4 Recalls of Interest to You

From glass and lighting issues to faulty hood latches, here are four new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recalls to have on your radar.

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NHTSA Seeking Public Comment on Crash Test Vehicle

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has teamed up with the European New Car Assessment Program, Thatcham and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to develop a specialized 3D crash model to test vehicles that include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The agency has scheduled a public meeting to allow stakeholders to view the vehicle and offer comment.

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Daimler Vans and Volvo Recall Vehicles Over Glazing Issues

Daimler Vans is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles saying the windows could separate during a crash. Volvo is also issuing a recall for certain model year 2016 XC90 vehicles due to a potential sunroof issue.

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NHTSA Extends Public Comment Period for Automated Guidance

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has extended its deadline for industry insight on the agency’s development of guidelines for the “Safe Deployment and Operation of Automated Vehicle Safety Technologies.”

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NHTSA Proposes New FMVSS for Bus Glazing

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) to require the installation of advanced glazing in buses. The new standard would require impactor testing of glazing material.

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Do Self-Driving Vehicles Need Rear-View Mirrors? NHTSA Weighs In

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) chief counsel recently interpreted a number of provisions in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) as they would apply to Google’s self-driving vehicles (SDV). The tech giant asked NHTSA for its feedback on a variety of topics, including rear-view mirrors and the need for windshields wipers, among others.

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NHTSA Gets an Earful about Developing Guidelines for Automated Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held its first public meeting Friday about autonomous vehicles. It is seeking industry insight to develop guidelines for the “Safe Deployment and Operation of Automated Vehicle Safety Technologies.” While NHTSA supports this technology’s rapid introduction, those that took the microphone by and large asked the safety administration to slow down its timetable to set guidance, saying there are still more questions than answers.

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NHTSA: Glazing FMVSS Could Pose Obstacle for Autonomous Vehicles

When it comes to the development of autonomous vehicles, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) could be an obstacle. This is according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which released an initial report that identifies which areas of the FMVSS could prove to be an issue and glazing is one of those spotlighted.

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NHTSA: 2015 Roadway Deaths Climb 9 Percent

Roadway deaths for the first nine months of 2015 have climbed 9.3 percent over 2014, according to an early estimate from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Rosekind: Vehicles with ADAS Must Be Repaired Correctly

“We want to focus initially on rolling out automatic-emergency braking. Let’s hope all the cameras and sensors work after the car is repaired,” said Mark Rosekind, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administrator, during the Washington, D.C., Auto Show on Thursday. “When vehicles are repaired, including windshield replacement, let’s hope this technology works correctly.

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Will NHTSA Give Crash-Avoidance Technology Safety Stars?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposes to add a crash-avoidance ratings based on whether a vehicle features multiple technologies, including forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and blind-spot detection, among others.

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3 Things the NHTSA Wants You to Know

At a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) meeting, Mark Rosekind, administrator, touched on three areas of highway safety: its current state, how the NHTSA is improving it and new frontiers that will need to be addressed. The Current … Continue reading

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NHTSA Grants Exemption for Mitsubishi Quarter Panel Sidelite

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted an exemption to Mitsubishi Motors North America for a quarter panel sidelite that does not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard covering glazing materials.

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NHTSA to Include Automatic-Emergency Braking in 5-Star Review

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is updating its 5-Star Rating System to include automatic-emergency braking (AEB) in 2018.

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Rosekind: Automated Systems Are No Longer Science Fiction

“In many ways, the car hasn’t changed as much in the entire last century as it’s about to change in the next few years. And that change, that safety revolution driven by technology can be accompanied—must be accompanied—by a parallel transformation in culture,” said Mark Rosekind, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administrator, during a recent speech in Washington, D.C.

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10 OEMs to Offer Automatic Emergency Braking on New Models

Ten automakers have committed to making automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles built, according to a joint statement from the U.S. Department of Transportation, its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Many of the cameras integral to AEB require calibration once a windshield has been replaced.

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How Vulnerable are Vehicles to Hackers?

For years, vehicles have been rolling with computers, and to access them, a repair expert needed to plug into a specialized car port. But with the growing popularity of smartphones, Bluetooth and other Wi-Fi options, there are many more ways for hackers to access a vehicle, explains Dan Chilcott, a research associate with Virginia Tech’s Center for Automated Vehicle Systems. So just how vulnerable are vehicles to being hacked? And will vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) technology open the door to possible attacks?

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NHTSA Closes Investigation into Chrysler Crossfire Backlite Issue

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI) has closed an investigation into reports that “the backlite window of the convertible top separates from its adhesive bond attachment” in the 2005 Chrysler Crossfire.

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Land Rover Recalls SUVs for Incorrect Sunroof Primer

After owners reported the panoramic sunroof assemblies in their 2012-2013 Land Rover LR4s were either noisy, loose, leaking water, or in one case, “detached from the vehicle while the SUV was in motion,” Land Rover has issued a recall.

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Administration Releases 2016 U.S. DOT Budget Proposal

The Obama administration has proposed a 2016 U.S. Department of Transportation Budget that increases highway funds by 29 percent to $317 billion. These funds would go toward repairs and road improvements, with particular attention paid to investments in “rural and tribal areas.” The plan also calls for $908 million, up from $830 million, to support the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Rosekind Seeks More Authority for NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration needs “increased authority” to carry out its mission, said Mark Rosekind, NHTSA’s new administer, a surprise keynote speaker added to the SAE 2015 Government-Industry Meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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Calling All Souls: Kia Recalling 96,000 Souls with Sunroofs

Kia Souls have taken the streets by storm in recent years, but they’re about to take a temporary pit stop. Kia Motors America is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Kia Soul vehicles manufactured January 8, 2009, to October 2, 2013, … Continue reading

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Traffic Fatalities Decline in the Past Decade

Driving has gotten safer over in the last 10 years. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). The data shows a 3.1 percent decrease from the previous … Continue reading

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BMW X3 and X4 Recalled, Rearview Mirror “Designed to Meet Non-U.S.” Requirements

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2015 X3 and X4 Sports Activity Vehicles manufactured on July 28-29, 2014. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the affected vehicles may have been produced with a driver’s … Continue reading

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NHTSA Launches Free VIN Look Up for Recalls

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a free online VIN search tool to look up recalls.

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President Obama Nominates Rosekind to Head NHTSA

President Obama has nominated Mark Rosekind for administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation. Rosekind has been a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) since 2010. “I do think NHTSA should take larger role when it comes to glass and proper installations,” says Melissa Martin, owner of Wisefly Auto Glass, which is has a branch in Georgia and one in California.

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NHTSA Issues Recall Report on Jeep Wrangler Exterior Power Mirrors

The exterior heated power mirrors that were introduced to the 2011 model-year Jeep Wranglers could cause smoke or fire due to a defect, according to Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Due to the potential defect, Chrysler … Continue reading

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NHTSA, Ford Recall Certain Ford Escapes Over Potential Sunroof Urethane Issue

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Ford have recalled select 2014 model-year Ford Escapes due to a potential issue with the urethane bond between the panorama sunroof and the attaching bracket.

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AGC Automotive Americas Asks NHTSA for Exemption of FMVSS Compliance on Certain Backlites

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received a petition from AGC Flat Glass North America, doing business as AGC Automotive Americas Co., asking for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance over certain glazing the company manufactured as replacement automotive backlites for model-year 2003-2008 Toyota Matrix vehicles. AGC officials say the backlites do not fully comply with S5.1 and S5.7 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, Glazing Materials.

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U.S. Department of Transportation One Step Closer to Requiring V2V Communication

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken a big step toward requiring future vehicles to talk to each other to prevent possible collisions. NHTSA has released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and a Supporting Research Report on Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications Technology and expects to deliver notice of proposed rulemaking by 2016. “This could make it a little more interesting to install glass,” says Sam Shipley, owner of Maryland Auto Glass.

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NHTSA Issues Final Rule on Rear Visibility

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule requiring all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, manufactured on or after May 1, 2018, to come equipped with rear visibility technology that expands the field of view to enable the driver to detect areas behind the vehicle to reduce death and injury resulting from backover incidents.

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NHTSA and Ford Recall Vehicles for Windshield Bubbling

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Ford have recalled several models for impaired windshield visibility. “The presence of bubbles may hinder driver’s visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash,” according to the recall notice.

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