Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2008

 

Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2008

Click here for March 2008 KCBS radio interview in San Francisco
with Advocates' Board member, Janette Fennell, President, KIDS AND CARS,
discussing recent passage of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2008,
signed into law by the President
on February 28, 2008.

At least four young children are killed in a non-traffic automobile incident every week. The age of victims in these cases is usually less than 5-years-old. These tragedies are truly heart-wrenching - but also preventable. This bill addresses the leading causes of these needless deaths and injuries by directing the Secretary of Transportation to issue safety standards and take other action to reduce the incidence of child injury and death inside or outside of parked passenger motor vehicles.

The Need to Protect Children In and Around Vehicles
• Since 2001, almost 1,200 children have died in non-traffic incidents and this statistic has been steadily rising. Preliminary data indicate 219 documented fatalities in 2006. The government currently does not collect data about nontraffic incidents, so we know that the real fatality numbers are much higher. (data provided by KIDS AND CARS, www.KidsAndCars.org)

• A 2002 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study (July 2000-June 2001) reported that over 9,160 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to nontraffic incidents.

 

Child Safety Advocates and Consumer Groups Applaud Senate Committee Action Today to Stop Deaths and Injuries of Children Due to Motor Vehicle Design Flaws

Link to Kids and Cars

Senate Bill 694 (PDF)

 

The Bill
The bill, as approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 16, 2007, would address the following:

Power Windows:
• Directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to begin a rulemaking within 18 months of enactment on the need to require power windows and panels to automatically reverse direction if there is an obstruction in the path of a motor vehicle window or panel;
• NHTSA will determine whether a final rule shall be issued within 30 months of enactment. If NHTSA decides not to issue a final rule to require automatic reversal of power windows and panels in motor vehicles, NHTSA must

o report to Congress the reasons for not issuing a final rule; and,

o publish information about which vehicles are or are not equipped with automatic reversal of power windows and panels in motor vehicles on the internet and other means (such as the NCAP “Buying a Safer Car” brochure).

Rearward Visibility:
• Requires NHTSA to begin rulemaking within 12 months of enactment to amend FMVSS Standard No. 111, Rearward Visibility;
• NHTSA must issue a final rule within 36 months of enactment;

Preventing Vehicle Roll-Away:
• Motor vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission must have a brake transmission shift interlock on and after September 1, 2010;
• Each year prior to September 1, 2010, NHTSA must publish or make available on the internet the makes and models of motor vehicles with automatic transmissions that do not have a brake transmission shift interlock;

Nontraffic, Noncrash Injury Database:
• NHTSA must establish a database for nontraffic, noncrash motor vehicle injuries within 6 months of enactment;

Child Safety Information Program:
• NHTSA must establish a consumer information program on nontraffic, noncrash hazards to children within 6 months of enactment.


Support
• Senators John E. Sununu (R-NH) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) are the prime Senate sponsors; the House of Representatives companion bill is sponsored by Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Representative Peter King (R-NY)
• Groups supporting the bill include: KIDS AND CARS, Consumers Union, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Public Citizen, Kids in Danger, Trauma Foundation, The Zoie Foundation, Adrianna’s Rule Foundation, Veronica’s Eyes Foundation, Craig’s Crusade and more.

 

For more information on this issue, please contact us at (202) 408-1711 or Janette Fennell at KIDS AND CARS (913) 327-0013

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