A massive auto safety
overhaul bill has made its way out of committee and onto the floor of the House of Representatives for voting. According to Automotive News
, the biggest changes that the bill proposes is the mandatory addition of black boxes
and brake override mechanisms to all new cars
and trucks. The event-data recorders would track information shortly before and after an accident for a specified period of time in order to help investigators determine the cause of an accident. Legislators and manufacturers alike began to push for the recorders in the wake of multiple accidents associated with Toyota's
unintended acceleration woes.
Originally, the bill would have required the black boxes to record data for a total of 75 seconds, though the House Energy and Commerce committee
changed the legislation to allow the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
to determine the length. The bill also deals with regulations concerning pushbutton starts, pedal placement and a number of other auto-safety issues. If the bill passes the House of Representatives, it will be sent to the Senate for a final vote before becoming law.
[Source: Automotive News
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