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Auto safety bill introduced to address NHTSA funding, rental cars

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 07:00
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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has introduced Senate Bill 2760, the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Enhancement Act of 2014. McCaskill serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance within the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

S. 2760 would reauthorize funding for highway and motor vehicle safety at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the next six years. This bill seeks to improve auto safety by amending legal requirements related to recalls for manufacturers going through bankruptcy and implementing stricter penalties for civil and criminal auto safety violations. The highway safety component of S. 2760 focuses on highway safety grant funding to states for six years, updating the highway safety grant program, and revising the criteria for ignition interlock grant funding.

This bill also includes the text of S. 921, the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2013, which would ensure that recalled rental vehicles are repaired before a consumer gets behind the wheel. The Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Enhancement Act of 2014 is currently before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for further consideration. With less than 10 legislative days left in the 113th Congress, it is unlikely this bill will move forward before 2015.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

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