Motor Vehicle Safety
Priorities to make motor vehicles safer for drivers and passengers
Incorporated into the current surface transportation reauthorization legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141, are many important motor vehicle safety provisions. Major safety victories included in the final conference report on MAP-21 are:
Incentive grant programs to encourage state adoption of graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws, distracted and impaired driving, and occupant protection;
Child safety measures including: regulatory actions on rear seat belt reminders; the performance of child safety seats in frontal and side impact crashes; improvements to the LATCH, or child seat anchorage, system; reminder systems for unattended children left in rear seating positions; and, consumer information on the performance of child safety seats in side impact crashes;
Improved NHTSA vehicle safety database with public access to government information about safety-related data, recalls and defects;
Better transparency and consumer information related to defects investigations.
Advocates' Testimony before Congress on Motor Vehicle Occupant Protections:
Advocates' Press Releases about Motor Vehicle Safety:
Advocates' Regulatory Comments about Motor Vehicle Safety:
Please click here for the full list of comments since 2010.