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: 

March 22, 2012
U.S. House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee- Testimony by Joan Claybrook on "Motor Vehicle Safety: Provisions in the House and Senate Highway Bills"
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July 27, 2011
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee- Testimony by Jackie Gillan on "Improving Highway and Vehicle Safety: Reauthorization of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration"  
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Advocates' Press Releases about Motor Vehicle Safety:

July 29, 2011
Safety Advocates Praise Senate Introduction of Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Legislation
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Advocates' Regulatory Comments about Motor Vehicle Safety:

Please click here for the full list of comments since 2010.


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