All new cars in the US would have to be equipped with ‘black boxes’ that record performance data, and federal safety regulators would be granted the authority to order immediate recalls under newly proposed auto-safety legislation being considered by the American Congress.
The draft of a bill was released Thursday by one of the House committees investigating Toyota’s massive recalls for unintended acceleration in its vehicles. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Commerce Committee, and Senator Jay Rockefeller, chair of the Senate Commerce Comm-ittee, have said they intend to collaborate on automobile safety legislation.
The draft contains a wide array of provisions. Some require new safety features, such as the black boxes called event data recorders and brake override systems that allow a driver to stop a car even when the throttle is stuck open.
The bill also gives the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more power to crack down on automakers that break the rules. “Congress have given us a legislative vehicle that has come fully loaded with all the options,” said Gloria Bergquist, a vice president at Auto Alliance, the industry trade association.
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