National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Vehicle fatalities drop, pedestrian toll continues to rise

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There is both good news and bad news in the latest government accounting of highway fatalities.

The good news: The number of people who died in vehicle crashes in 2018 dropped 2.4%, to 36,560, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported this week.

Tesla's new self-driving software under scrutiny

The inside of a Tesla Car.
Tesla Model 3. Photo: Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

U.S. safety regulators are looking into crashes and near-misses involving Tesla's new Smart Summon parking feature, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: If the software is found to be unsafe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could order a recall.