National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation

Organization URL(s)

Other Contact Information

400 Seventh Street SW NOA-40
Washington, DC 20590
1-800-424-8802 (Voice - Toll-free)
1-888-327-4236 (Voice - Toll-free)
1-888-327-4236 (Voice - Toll-free Spanish)
1-800-424-9153 (Voice - TDD)


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established in 1966. Its highest priority is to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes, improve highway safety by promoting both safer vehicles and safer driving practices, sets and enforces Federal safety standards for all new motor vehicles, investigates alleged safety defects and orders recalls where necessary, and conducts extensive research on improving vehicle safety. The NHTSA provides financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, awards grants to states for highway safety and to help combat drunk driving, works closely with private organizations to promote a broad range of driver and traffic safety programs, including programs to combat drunk driving, encourages use of safety belts and child safety seats, improve emergency medical services, driver licensing, traffic recordkeeping and traffic law enforcement, investigates odometer fraud, sets bumper, fuel economy and vehicle theft standards and develops crashworthiness of new cars. The NHTSA maintains a toll-free hotline for consumer complaints on auto safety, reporting alleged defects, requests for auto safety recall information, and consumer publications on traffic and highway safety.

Print Resources

NHTSA publications include pamphlets, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, posters and research notes on safety belts and child passenger safety seat use, drunk driving, automobile safety, and statistical reports on accidents and fatalities, and summary reports on compliance and auto manufacturer defect campaigns.

Review Date

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015