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NHTSA Releases 2012 Motor Vehicle Crashes Report

Study suggests increase in vehicle crashes, fatalities after six-year decline

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 19, 2013 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a study stating motor vehicle crashes and fatalities increased in 2012, after six consecutive years of declining fatalities. The number of fatalities increased from 32,479 in 2011 to 33,561 in 2012. The NHTSA study does not provide a specific reason for the recent increase.

According to the study, the number of total crashes in 2012 was 5,615,000 – up from 5,338,000 in 2011 – an increase of 5.2 percent.

To view the study in its entirety, visit the Automotive Service Association’s legislative website at

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to, or visit ASA’s legislative website at

Contact: Kaitlyn Dwyer
(202) 543-1440

For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 13.33

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