Senate Bill to Establish New Standards for Hoods, Bumpers

U.S. Senate Bill Aims to Establish New Standards for Automobile Hoods, Bumpers

S. 1467 would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to establish new standards for bumpers and hoods in order to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced that U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has introduced S. 1467, the Pedestrian Safety Act of 2015. This bill requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a rule that, “(1) establishes standards for the hood and bumper areas of motor vehicles, including passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less, in order to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities suffered by pedestrians who are struck by such vehicles; and (2) considers the protection of vulnerable pedestrian populations, including children and older adults.”

If S. 1467 is approved, NHTSA would issue the final rule two years from the legislation’s enactment. The bill is currently before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

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