Senators to NHTSA: Action needed on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s safety provisions

In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) requested an update on the implementation of 10 provisions included in the BIL.

This includes provisions for NHTSA to:

    • Publish an annual list of recall completion rates;
    • Issue an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking related to updating federal seatback safety standards;
    • Issue a final ruling to require OEMs with keyless ignitions to install a device that automatically shuts the vehicle off after it idles for a certain length of time;
    • Share minimum performance standards for crash avoidance technologies;
    • Require all vehicles to be equipped with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and a lane keeping assist systems;
    • Conduct research on driver monitoring systems to reduce driver distraction;
    • Publish a final rule related to performance-based standards for vehicle headlamps;
    • Request comment on potential updates to hood and bumper standards;
    • Study existing requirements for OEMs to report information and data to the Department of Transportation to identify potential safety issues;
    • Publish a final rule requiring new vehicles to be equipped with impaired driving prevention technology; and
    • Issue a final rule requiring new cars to be equipped with a system to alert the driver to check rear seats for passengers after the car is switched off.

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