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

December 8, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced major changes to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) – also known as the five-star safety ratings system – set to debut in 2018. The updated analysis will include consideration of pedestrian and rear-seat passenger safety. Rep. Schakowsky released the following statement in response:

November 5, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky voted in support of the Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 22, The DRIVE Act. She released the following statement after her vote:

It is long past time that we enact a long-term transportation bill to provide certainty to states, localities, businesses, and workers. The motion to go to conference moves that process forward by allowing House and Senate negotiators to hash out a final deal. I was proud to support it.

November 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reached a consent order with Takata over the Japanese part supplier’s defective airbags that have caused at least eight deaths and at least 100 serious injuries.  The settlement includes the largest-ever fine levied by NHTSA – $200 million.  It also prohibits Takata from entering into any new contracts after Oct. 31 to build airbag inflators with ammonium nitrate and a desiccant – the chemical components suspected to cause the violent airbag explosions that necessitated the recalls.  Rep.

June 2, 2015 Press Release

Victim of Takata Air Bag Failure, Consumer Advocates Urge Congress to Act

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, June 2, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing on the Takata airbag recall. 

June 30, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Today, General Motors (GM) announced its plan to compensate the victims of its failure to address defective ignition switches in its vehicles, and its failure to recall those vehicles in a timely manner.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response: