WASHINGTON-The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing that all automobile and light truck manufacturers affix stickers at the point of sale to give consumers adequate information about a vehicle's tendency to roll over. This sticker-planned for the 1997 model year-could be expanded to include other safety information that might include frontal and side impact protection, Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Federico Pe¤a said at a June 23 press conference.
``One of President Clinton's core goals in transportation is putting people first by enhancing safety,'' Mr. Pe¤a said about the proposal.
Auto industry organizations, such as the American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA), applauded the initiative.
``One of the challenges will be to translate the complex nature of rollover and other crash test results into reliable, user-friendly information,'' said Andrew H. Card, AAMA president and former DOT secretary.
``Accordingly, American automakers will work closely with DOT officials to develop useful and accurate information.''
Consumer advocates, however, criticized the Clinton administration for not proposing vehicle stability standards.
``Providing consumer information alone is a one-dimensional approach to the rollover safety problem,'' wrote the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety in a June 22 letter to Mr. Pe¤a.
According to the group, ``Minimum design requirements that reduce the propensity of vehicles to roll over, as well as crash protection in the event of a rollover, are critical components of a comprehensive rollover safety program.''
Comments on the proposal are due at NHTSA before the end of August.