• Rokita Fights for Consumer Transparency, Safety – Introduces STICRS Act

    March 28, 2014 No comments

    Representative Todd Rokita issued the following statement after introducing the Safety Through Informed Consumers Act (STICRS) earlier today. The STICRS Act requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to integrate active safety technology into their current crashworthiness rating system.

    “There are hardly two things that symbolize our American Exceptionalism more than our free markets and the automobile. In order for the free markets to work, consumers need transparency and the STICRS Act will give car shoppers new information that is critical to making the choice that is right for them and their families. In addition, it will showcase the new safety technologies that American innovators are developing every day to improve automobile safety, many of which are made right here in Indiana,” Rokita said.

    Crashworthiness is a rating that reports how well a vehicle will protect occupants in the event of an accident. NHTSA requires a five-star crashworthiness rating on the window sticker of a new vehicle. A five-star rated vehicle, the highest rating, has been determined to have a 10 percent or less chance of injury in a frontal crash, and a 5 percent or less chance of serious injury in a side crash.

    In 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law. MAP-21 expanded the NHTSA’s consumer information responsibilities to include active safety technology. Since the passage of MAP-21, NHTSA has failed to make it a priority to include this information in the safety rating scale that consumers know to look for on the window sticker – crashworthiness. The STICRS Act will require NHTSA to enforce this rule.

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