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Vehicle Safety Research

The Vehicle Safety (NVS) program serves as the foundation that supports the Agency's goal to reduce motor vehicle injuries and fatalities.

Through extensive research, development, testing, crash investigation, and data collection and analysis activities, NVS provides the scientific strength needed to support the Agency's motor vehicle and traffic safety goals.

Heat Stroke Prevention Technology Study

The primary objective of the study was to evaluate products that are designed to prevent children up to 24 months old from being left behind in closed, parked vehicles – a scenario that can result in heat stroke. This preliminary assessment was the first of its kind to evaluate this kind of product. The efficacy of heat stroke prevention technologies in sensing the presence of a child in a child restraint and alerting the caregiver if he or she walks away from the car without removing the child was evaluated. The study also examined the effects of child posture and the time/child movement associated with a typical commute on the efficacy of these devices. Read the report

Driving Safety Behaviorial Research

To access NHTSA's wide range of traffic safety behaviorial research studies and reports, please go to the Driving Safety Research & Evaluation channel.

Vehicle Safety Rulemaking and Research Priority Plan for 2011–2013

Describes projects the agency plans to work on in the rulemaking and research areas for calendar years 2011 to 2013. This is not an exhaustive list. Only programs and projects that are priorities or will take significant agency resources are listed. Read the Plan