WASHINGTON (July 26, 2002) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking public comment on it plan for vehicle safety rule-making priorities, including the Transportation, Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act requirements covering tires, rollover protection and child safety.
Other important near-term (2002-2003) safety concerns include improved head restraints and fuel system integrity, advanced air bags and dummies, upgraded roof crush resistance, occupant ejection prevention in rollover crashes, offset frontal and enhanced side crash protection and reduced glare from headlamps.
Longer term (2004-2005) testing, analysis, and potential rulemaking actions will address incompatibility in crashes between passenger cars and light trucks, dynamic stability control, roadway departure collision avoidance systems, and the reduction of driver distractions.
Motor vehicle crashes killed 41,821 individuals and injured 3.19 million others in 6.4 million crashes in 2000, NHTSA said.
"In addition to the terrible personal toll, these crashes result in a huge economic cost to society with an estimated annual cost of $230.6 billion, or an average of $820 for every person living in the United States," said NHTSA Administrator Jeffrey W. Runge. "One of the most important ways in which NHTSA carries out its safety mandate is to issue and enforce Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Through these rules, NHTSA strives to reduce the number of crashes and to minimize the consequences of the crashes that do occur."
Comments may be submitted in writing to the Department of Transportation´s Docket Management Section, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street S.W., Washington, DC 20590; refer to docket number NHTSA-2002-12391. Alternatively, comments may be submitted electronically to the docket management system website at http://dms.dot.gov . The deadline for comments is Sept. 23.