House Democrats bill would regulate automakers on safety

House Democratsê bill would regulate automakers on safety

Several House Democrats have introduced the Vehicle Safety Improvement Act, designed to strengthen transparency and oversight for the National Highway Safety Administration.

–The GM ignition switch recall proved that our vehicle safety laws must be strengthened,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ohio), who introduced the bill with Rep. Henry Waxman of California.

The bill would require automakers to:

« Make technical service bulletins public;

« Explain why a fatal incident may have occurred;

« Keep records on possible defects for 20 years;

« Stop limiting recalls to certain parts of the country.

The measure would also eliminate the $35 million cap on fines and would likely raise it to $300 million, according to TheDetroitBureau.com.

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