” U.S., major automakers to announce safety accord Friday” Reuters, Business News | Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:30pm EST, by David Shepardson
“The U.S. government and a group of global automakers are set to unveil a voluntary agreement at the Detroit auto show on Friday aimed at improving auto industry safety and spurring culture changes, according to company and government officials. . .
“But it stops short of what many safety advocates have urged Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to adopt: new binding legal requirements to toughen safety rules. And automakers may be able to raise the voluntary agreement to argue against future proposed regulations, saying the accord makes legally binding rules unnecessary.”
This sounds very familiar. . . as in the 100 previous years of this dilemma in the history of highway safety battles which Michael Lemov has recorded in his book, Car Safety Wars. http://annaleahmary.com/2015/09/automatic-emergency-braking-in-all-new-cars-a-step-transportation-officials-say-could-significantly-reduce-traffic-deaths-and-injuries/
It is important for verbal commitment to safety to be followed up with regulatory provisions to ensure that it, in fact, becomes a reality. When will we learn?
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