Auto Safety

Over the course of a year, the average American spends a total of twenty-five days in a car.  Consumers need to be confident that the vehicles in which they and their families spend so much time are safe.  In February 2008, Congress passed my bill, the Cameron Gulbransen Kids and Cars Transportation Safety Act.  The law requires minimum safety standards for cars, SUVs, and trucks to help reduce the rate of child injury and deaths caused preventable non-traffic, non-crash-related incidents. For example, under the law, cars will soon be required to have expanded rear visibility that will prevent devastating backover incidents in which children have been injured or killed.  Cars must have the brake engaged in order to be shifted out of “Park” and into another gear to prevent children from inadvertently shifting a car into gear and causing an accident.

For fighting to enact this law, I was honored with the Safety Leader Award by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, an alliance of consumer groups that work to improve the safety of America’s roads, save lives, and reduce injuries.  A 2010 report showed that federal and state highway safety laws enacted over the past 20 years have saved over 85,000 lives and over $600 billion in costs. I am committed to continuing to work to improve auto safety as new technologies change our cars and the way we use them.  Americans want safe cars and deserve common-sense safety protections. 

More on Auto Safety

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, voted for H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive forward-thinking package which invests $1.5 trillion to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, tackling our global climate crisis and addressing disparities throughout the country. H.R.

July 1, 2020 Video

This week, the House passed H.R. 2, The Moving Forward Act. As Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, I was able to get a robust Motor Vehicle Safety section included in the bill. That included several pieces of legislation I introduced and co-authored, like the Hot Cars Act.

June 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the inclusion of critical auto safety provisions in H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act.  The provisions will improve auto safety and will help prevent tragic deaths from drunk driving, children being left in hot cars, carbon monoxide poisoning, and unsafe limousines.

February 14, 2020 Video
During our hearing on autonomous vehicles, I posed some questions to our panel of experts and stakeholders.


February 14, 2020 Video
My Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing on the issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, particularly around safety, privacy and opportunities.