Upton, Burgess applaud automobile safety collaboration

Friday’s announcement of a collaboration between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and leading automakers to increase safety was lauded by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX).

A group of 18 automakers agreed last week to a voluntary U.S. program to improve automobile safety. The program’s goals include improving early warning data to spot trends, improving vehicle cybersecurity and looking to the aviation industry as a potential model for dealing with any major government crackdown on car safety failures.

“Being from Michigan, we all know that you can never put too much emphasis on safety,” Upton said. “Folks in Michigan and across the country have seen too often what can happen when proper measures aren’t in place to protect those who travel on our roads. Today’s announcement builds upon the safety reforms achieved in the recent highway bill, and is a positive step forward. Working together, America can continue to be a leader in keeping families safe on the road and set the standard for global automobile safety practices.”

The goal of the program is to prevent safety lapses in the first place rather than be forced to deal with problems after they arise through fines and recalls.

“Consumers should have the confidence that the vehicles they drive are safe, and when they aren’t, that there is a process in place to share information and ensure the appropriate fix is available,” Burgess said. “We have heard too many stories of things going wrong. This announcement is a welcome opportunity to build upon our successes and ensure that NHTSA and automakers are working together to improve safety for drivers across the country.”

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