Chicago Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Illinois Personal Injury Attorney The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 was introduced in May 2010 following a series of Toyota recalls caused by an unintended acceleration defect.  The bill is designed to improve vehicle safety standards in order protect drivers, enhance the oversight authority and resources of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and increased manufacturer accountability. Improved Safety Standards The bill includes the following provisions designed to improve vehicle safety standards: Stopping Distance and Brake Override Functionality – Every car would be required to stop within a certain distance and include a brake override feature. Pedal Placement– Minimum distances between floor pedals, between foot pedals and the vehicle floor, and between any other obstacles to pedal movement would be required. Electronic Systems Performance–Passenger vehicles would be required to meet minimum performance standards for electronic systems (currently there are no such standards). Keyless Ignition Systems–A standard would be created by the NHTSA to require that a vehicle could be brought under control by using a keyless ignition system. Vehicle Event Data Recorders (EDRs) – Manufacturers would be required to install EDRs in all new vehicles to record crash data at least 60 seconds prior to and 15 seconds after a vehicle crash and airbag deployment. Transmission Configuration Standard – Manufacturers would be required to accurately label gear shifting controls and utilize a practical placement for such controls. Enhanced Safety Authority The bill also contained certain provisions intended to strengthen the NHTSA’s ability to oversee auto manufacturers and take immediate action to remove unsafe vehicles from the market, including: Increased Civil Penalties – Civil penalties for automakers that intentionally fail to report safety defects or provide misleading information to the NHTSA would be increased to $25,000 per vehicle from its current penalty of $5,000 per vehicle. Imminent Hazard Authority – NHTSA would have authority to prevent further sales of a vehicle if an auto defect is deemed to create an imminent hazard that could lead to death and serious injuries. Increased Accountability The bill also included a number of provisions designed to keep consumers informed of safety defects and upgrades, including: Improved Early Warning Reporting System – NHTSA’s early warning system would be modernized to allow consumers to more easily use and understand the online database of vehicle defect reports. Vehicle Defect Reporting – Manufacturers would be required to place a sticker or other[READ MORE…]