During the eight years of the Bush Administration – when it comes to the regulation of the automobile industry and consumer products of all kinds – safety was pretty much put on the shelf. As a result, the American people were put at tremendous risk. The Obama Administration and Congress now have a joint responsibility to undo all of the bad that was done over the past eight years. One area where much work is needed is in motor vehicle safety and Congress has a duty to get to work in that arena. It was reported by the Consumer Federation of America that priorities focusing on improving vehicle safety should include:
• Creation of a dynamic rollover standard: To improve rollover crash avoidance and crashworthiness protections, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration needs to set a standard based on a test that duplicates real-world crash forces.
• Revamping of crash test information: Updating the five-star rating system is also needed in order to better show the differences in the safety of new vehicles.
• Requiring improved tire labeling and identification: Placing clear and understandable information on tire sidewalls is needed to enable consumers to respond adequately to tire recalls.
Hopefully, the economic crisis that has affected every citizen and which has caused the president and Congress to focus their undivided attention in that direction, will soon be under control. Then other priority items – such as vehicle safety – can be dealt with.
Source: Consumer Federation of America
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