A new and far-reaching vehicle safety bill that has garnered support from both automakers and consumers was passed by the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, sending the bill for a vote on the floor of the full Senate. The bill is expected to pass sometime during the summer and is also expected to be signed into law by the President.
“This is a critical public safety bill that will affect the lives of millions of Americans on the road every day,” said U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va.
The bill, which closely resembles a bill making its way through the House, would require brake override systems and event data recorders in new vehicles (due in part to Toyota’s sudden acceleration problems this year). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would also be required to consider changes in pedal placement, performance standards for electronic systems, and standards for push-button ignition systems and transmission labeling. Maximum fines for safety violations would also be raised from $16.4 million to $200 million.
In addition, the NHTSA would be given the authority to issue immediate recalls in the event of any “imminent hazard.” The agency would also receive double its current funding.
To read more about the provisions of these bills, check out the full article at Automotive News.
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