Tag Archives: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Federal agency established in 1970 to direct highway safety and consumer programs. NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and their equipment, and through grants to state and local governments for highway safety programs. NHTSA also 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. The agency also conducts research on driver behavior and traffic safety. Its national toll-free number is 888-327-4236. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is 800-424-9153.