NHTSA Backs Auto Safety Bill

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief has come out in support of proposed new regulations that would establish new rules for automakers. The legislation would be the biggest overhaul since the NHTSA was created in 1966.

The legislation was proposed shortly after Toyota's Sudden Unintended Acceleration recall. The recall emcompassed over 8 million vehicles worldwide.

Under the proposal, still being finalized by Senator Jay Rockefeller D-W.Va, the bill would require all new vehicles to have event data recorders installed by the 2015 model year. It also proposes that decals be put on cars to let consumers know to make complaints about their vehicles. The bill would boost the maximum amount the NHTSA can fine a company for failing to comply with auto regulations from $16.4 million to $200 million.

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