You can thank Toyota for this legislation. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 was approved by a House Energy and Commerce Committee, the first step to making it law. The overriding component is that proposed legislation would require all vehicles sold in the U.S. be equipped with a brake override system. That means that a brake and accelerator could not operate at the same time. The brake would win. That is exactly what drivers behind the wheel of Toyotas experiencing unintended acceleration needed to get their vehicles under control. Instead, what was likely a computer glitch, caused an override in the mechanics of the vehicles and led to a number of fatalities.
Not to be outdone, Honda says it plans to have a brake override system installed in some vehicles beginning in August with fleet-wide installation for Honda and Acura after next year. General Motors says it plans to install brake override systems in all of its vehicles.
Other provisions include increasing the authority of the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration by increasing funding and power.
The Act also mandates automakers add automotive event data recorders or black box recorders in new vehicles. Some vehicles, namely General Motors and Ford, already contain the integrated black boxes in the vehicle’s electronic control unit. Jacksonville Beach car accident attorneys and lawyers throughout Florida and the United States have used the information they contain in some landmark cases in recent years.
A final vote on the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 could come in the fall after a vote by Congress.