The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, has introduced a bill to expand the authority of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall unsafe vehicles and increase automotive safety funding. The bill S.2559 was proposed due to the number of recent recalls and vehicle safety concerns.
The bill would require the NHTSA to provide reports regularly to Congress of open investigations of safety defects and how many of those investigations result in a defect or recall. The Secretary of Transportation would also need to provide a report on the operations of the Council of Vehicle Electronics, Vehicle Software and Emerging Technologies. In addition, the bill would also increase funding for vehicle safety programs provided by the NHTSA.