What is the NHTSA?

NHTSA is an acronym for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that is a significant agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation originally established in 1970.

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The NHTSA is an extremely valuable resource to the driving community, because it is directly responsible for improving safety on the nation's roadways through safety studies and setting and enforcing standards regulations.

  • investigates safety defects in motor vehicles,
  • sets and enforces fuel economy standards,
  • helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers,
  • promotes the use of safety belts,
  • child safety seats and air bags,
  • investigates odometer fraud,
  • establishes and enforces vehicle anti-theft regulations and
  • provides consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the main US repository about car recalls and a variety of safety management concerns from air bags to child safety seats.

" The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has 10 NHTSA Regional offices that work on the agency's mission to save lives,prevent injuries, and reduce traffic related healthcare and other economic costs. Each Regional office provides numerous services to its states, as well as other public and private sector customers. These services include, but are not limited to, technical assistance, promoting legislation, administering the agency's grant fund programs, assisting in coalition building and delivering training." 


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