Safety Recommendations

Safety recommendations address specific issues uncovered during investigations and specify actions to help prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. These safety recommendations are the agency’s most important products because they alert government, industry, and the public to the critical changes that are needed to prevent transportation accidents and crashes, reduce injuries, and save lives.

We issue recommendations to the organizations best able to take corrective action, such as the US DOT and its modal administrations, the Coast Guard, other federal and state agencies, manufacturers, operators, labor unions, and industry and trade organizations.

We may issue safety recommendations at any point during the investigation of transportation accidents and in connection with safety studies.

CAROL (Case Analysis and Reporting Online) is our search tool for investigations and safety recommendations across all modes. Future enhancements will include improved access to docket items as well. CAROL includes all recommendations issued by the NTSB.

See the Field Descriptions​ page for specific information about safety recommendations data fields.