Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says his advice to 'stop driving' recalled Toyotas was 'a misstatement.' A spokeswoman adds that it was merely an exhortation to owners to get their cars to the dealer 'as soon as possible.'
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he will personally call the president of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, to stress safety issues.
The report puts the number of car crashes caused by cell phone use and texting at 1.6 million – one million more than previously thought. A new advocacy group against 'distracted driving' is patterned after Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The Ford Fusion, chosen as the North American car of the year at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is seen on Jan. 11.
A new federal rule will prohibit airlines from keeping passengers on the tarmac for more than three hours.
Texting and driving – and gadgets like iPods and GPS devices – are a public safety epidemic.
President Obama signed an executive order Wednesday banning federal workers from texting while driving.
Federal officials at the Distracted Driving Summit are urging more states to outlaw driving while texting and some senators have introduced a bill.
Officials say 35.5 m.p.g. rule will cut foreign oil demand, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and save drivers money.