Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Will US Vehicles Get A Black Box?

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Following Toyota's recall of its faulty models, which heavily affected the American market, the US government is considering plans to introduce black box recorders to all new cars and lorries.

The US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee has put forward a draft legislation that would see black boxes - similar to those on aeroplanes - being used to determine the cause of accidents.

Releasing the draft, Energy and Commerce chairman Henry Waxman said that it is aimed at improving vehicle safety and strengthening the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ability to more effectively investigate complicated safety problems.

The draft also suggests the removal of a limit on the civil penalty a manufacturer could face over a fault and to enable the NHTSA to order an immediate recall in the case of any safety issue.

Source here.

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