National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Shrapnel-Shooting Airbag Recall Now Focused on Gulf Coast

    A nationwide recall of defective, shrapnel-shooting airbags may affect more than 7 million vehicles in the U.S. from nearly two dozen brands, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now saying owners of the cars in extremely humid areas like the Gulf Coast are most at risk. The a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    While You're Out There Driving, Don't Forget the "Click It or Ticket" Campaign

    Police officers will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers (drunk and sober) who aren't buckled up this Memorial Day weekend. The Texas Department of Transportation will be conducting its 13th annual "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign in the Houston area until June 1.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Living on the Edge: Why is Intexticated Driving the Thing In Texas?

    Drivers in Texas who tempt fate by texting and driving are likely to be non-white and educated. At least that's what the data from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute bears out. The study, released today and reported on by the Texas Tribune, surveyed 3,000 drivers and showed that nearly half of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Houston: Only Two U.S. Cities Have More Dangerous Drivers

    As you head out for your commute, keep this cheery thought in mind: You are about to hand your life over to some of the most dangerous people around: other Houstonian drivers. Space City drivers are the third-most dangerous in the nation, according to another one of those pseudoscientific studies b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Toyota's Unintended Acceleration Problems Not Caused by Electronics, Feds Say

    ​The problem some Toyota drivers have had with unintended acceleration of their vehicles -- a problem we first wrote about last April -- is not caused by any electronic flaws in the cars, a lengthy federal study has determined. The lengthy federal study could not determine, however, just what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Giving Pledge: How Three Houston Billionaires Should Help

    Houston billionaires haven't joined Bill Gates' and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge. Yet. ​One of the big stories this week is Bill Gates' and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge, where the super-billionaires have promised to donate half their money to charity. Even better, they've convinced 38 other ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    "Safety Deaf" Toyota to Pay Record Fine

    ​Toyota announced today that it would pay the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration $16 million to settle allegations that it kept quiet about safety defects on its cars. The penalty is the largest that the federal government has collected from a car company."Toyota could have contested t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Los Angeles Times Takes On Toyota's Acceleration Problems

    ​The Los Angeles Times published a lengthy story this weekend about unintended acceleration in Toyotas, something the Houston Press and Hair Balls have written about from time to time, starting with a cover story in April.The Times wrote the story in response to a highly publicized crash this summ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Feds Not So Sure About Toyota's Claims That Floor Mats Are The Problem With Priuses

    ​The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statement yesterday indicating that problems of unintended acceleration in Toyotas might be caused by something more than faulty floor mats. The statement from the federal agency was a response to Toyota's claims, released on Tuesday, ... More >>

  • News

    October 8, 2009

    Ghost Riders

    In Houston, bicycling is known as a killer sport.

  • News

    April 23, 2009

    Wild Rides

    Between serious safety and environmental concerns, the Toyota Prius isn't the angel that everyone thinks it is.

  • Culture

    January 17, 2008
  • News

    June 3, 2004

    Thrilled to Death

    Riders may get more than they bargained for when they head to amusement parks this summer

  • Culture

    May 9, 2002

    Car Culture

    An anonymous art collective asks what you would risk for your automobile

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    Rubber Fetish

    Glory days for KHOU and Anna Werner

  • Dining

    September 23, 1999


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