The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

House Committee OKs Bill Aimed at Making Vehi

December 20, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- A House committee this week approved a bill requiring the government to address a number of vehicle safety issues posing a threat to children.The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill to require federal regulators to search for ways to diminish blind spots in large SUVs and pickups, to prevent vehicles from rolling away and to make power windows safer, BusinessWeek reported. Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) said the bill would "help protect these young victims by instituting common-sense safety provisions in the design of cars," BusinessWeek reported. A committee in the Senate gave its OK to similar legislation in May.According to estimates, about four children die each week in backovers, strangulation from power windows, or from being left alone in hot cars without enough ventilation.The bill also includes a voluntary agreement that 19 automakers approved in 2006. The agreement calls for brake interlock systems in all new vehicles by September 2010. These systems ensure that the vehicle can shift out of park only when the brake pedal is depressed. An earlier version of this bill mandated the inclusion of backup cameras in new vehicles. But after automakers objected, arguing this would be too expensive, auto industry representatives and legislators reached a compromise. They agreed that visibility problems could be alleviated through the use of additional mirrors, sensors, cameras or other technologies. If the bill passes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would need to issue a final rule within three years of the legislation's enactment. In particular, the NHTSA would need to develop new rules requiring automakers to ensure that windows automatically reverse direction if there's an obstruction in the way. If the agency decided against issuing a final rule, it would need to explain its decision to Congress.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Comments

Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:
 
 

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Sponsored by

In a career that began in 1963 and lasted 21 years, Stan Chason's Gelco service included chairman, CEO and executive VP of the fleet management services division.

Read more

Accident Costs Calculator

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH REVENUE IT TAKES TO OFFSET FLEET ACCIDENT COSTS?
Use this calculator to see how much extra sales revenue your company needs to generate to make up for the profits lost as a result of fleet accidents.
Launch Accident Cost Calculator 

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher