Browse Definitions :
Definition

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a federal agency of the United States government tasked with upholding regulatory safety standards in automobile manufacturing and the highway transportation system. It is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The NHTSA’s mission is to reduce injuries and fatalities related to auto accidents as well as resulting costs. The NHTSA's formation was a move by the U.S. Government to address mounting public concerns over automobile safety from the 1940s up to its creation in 1966. The creation of the agency was necessitated by public knowledge of negligent designs in automobiles. After the NHTSA's creation under founding President Lyndon Johnson, it had initial public recognition for improvements in safety.

In order to address the need for the public to be informed of safety issues the NHTSA conducts research on causes of accidents, puts public safety awareness messages out through various media channels and conducts educational campaigns. As the safety and economy of highway transportation depend on the qualities of traveling vehicles, the NHTSA also investigates automotive defects and manufacturing legislative compliance. NHTSA also conducts independent crash tests with cars it purchases from dealer lots. These tests check safety in collisions from numerous angles resulting in the familiar 5-star system.

This was last updated in March 2017

Continue Reading About National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

  • compliance as a service (CaaS)

    Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is a cloud service service level agreement (SLA) that specified how a managed service provider (...

  • data protection impact assessment (DPIA)

    A data protection impact assessment (DPIA) is a process designed to help organizations determine how data processing systems, ...

SearchSecurity

  • cybersecurity insurance (cybersecurity liability insurance)

    Cybersecurity insurance, also called cyber liability insurance or cyber insurance, is a contract that an entity can purchase to ...

  • phishing

    Phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person in email or other communication ...

  • cybercrime

    Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device or a network.

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • disaster recovery plan (DRP)

    A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a documented, structured approach that describes how an organization can quickly resume work ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • disaster recovery team

    A disaster recovery team is a group of individuals focused on planning, implementing, maintaining, auditing and testing an ...

SearchStorage

  • NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF)

    NVMe over Fabrics, also known as NVMe-oF and non-volatile memory express over fabrics, is a protocol specification designed to ...

  • logical unit number (LUN)

    A logical unit number (LUN) is a unique identifier for designating an individual or collection of physical or virtual storage ...

  • CIFS (Common Internet File System)

    CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a protocol that gained popularity around the year 2000, as vendors worked to establish an ...

Close