NHTSA Shrugs for 3 Decades

NHTSA Shrugs for 3 Decades

July, 2014

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Here’s a little hope offered by NHTSA — 30 years after its corporate captivity accelerated under Ronald Reagan.

“One Ms. Marianne Karth of the Truck Safety Coalition and 11,000 signatories have succeeded where the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – with all its fancy-pants testing – and the Canadians – with their much tougher standard – had failed, persuading the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to initiate a rulemaking to upgrade the rear underride standard.

Earlier this month, the agency published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it would issue two separate notices – an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on rear impact

guards and other safety strategies for single-unit trucks, and an NPRM on rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. Apparently, it was a May 5 meeting between the Coalition and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx that turned the tide. The advocacy group presented their signatures and made the case that amendments to FMVSS No. 223, Rear Impact Guards, and FMVSS No. 224, Rear Impact Protection were long overdue.”

See SRS report at http://www.safetyresearch.net/blog/articles/nhtsa-finally-tackles-rear-underride

Bear in mind that an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) has little legal significance more than a Press Release.  And an NPRM has often either gone nowhere or was later watered down to be largely ineffective.

Still, President Obama did promise Americans hope when he ran for election in 2008 — more than 150,000 crash deaths ago — more than the number of Americans who died in the Afghanistan, Iraq, Viet Nam, and Korean wars combined.   On his watch Americans continue to die of crash injuries at a rate of nearly 100 per day and suffer serious injuries at a rate of nearly 400 per day.
So forgive me for thinking that President Obama is still not doing enough to protect Americans from becoming crash victims.



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