Deadline nears to comment on NHTSA's plans

  • 26-Aug-2009 05:56 EDT

The open door to tell NHTSA what you think about its priorities for the calendar years 2009 through 2011 will close on Aug. 31. Although the agency is responsible for implementing fuel-economy mandates, its main focus is improving safety for vehicle occupants and pedestrians. One of the primary tools to that end is writing rules. For 2009, one of its main tasks is to issue a final rule on ejection mitigation related to rollover accidents. It is also scheduled to decide by year's end whether to, in light of its finding that amber rear turn signals are more effective than red ones in preventing accidents, propose an amendment to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108. Safety matters about which NHTSA will issue rules (final or proposed) or make a significant decision in 2010 and 2011 include forward collision avoidance (automatic braking), lane-departure prevention, rear visibility (to prevent backover accidents), motorcycle braking (possible ABS mandate), child restraint in side impacts, power windows, oblique and offset frontal crashes, side impact, vehicle compatibility, head restraints, glazing, electric-vehicle noise levels (for the benefit of blind pedestrians), and tire aging. To submit comments electronically, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

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