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Lawmakers Pursue Tougher Vehicle Safety Rules

The legislation would require the NHTSA to establish new motor-vehicle safety standards related to electronics and unintended accelerations, such as a brake-override requirement. Event data recorders (“black boxes”) would eventually be required on all new vehicles. The maximum amount that can be imposed in civil penalties would be increased. The NHTSA would also have more money to fund agency programs, including a new department dedicated to vehicle electronics and emerging technologies.

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