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Truck and Auto Safety Legislation and the U.S. Congress

The U.S. Congress passes laws for new standards and programs in auto and truck safety that are the basis for regulations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Issue-specific auto safety bills are passed, as in the case of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act following auto safety debacles, when serious flaws and omissions in current regulations are brought to light by avoidable tragedies on the highways. Auto safety laws are also often part of the legislation reauthorizing the mission of agencies within Department of Transportation, and may also be included in bills regarding the nation's dependence on fossil fuels or national security.

Public Citizen conducts public education in support of consumer safety in numerous bills through our testimony, research and public awareness campaigns. Click here to see how your Senators and Representative voted on recent legislation. Recent testimony on auto safety is listed below by subject.

Public Citizen's Testimony on Auto Safety Legislation

 Ford-Firestone Rollover Defect

 Fuel Economy Standards

SUV Safety Hazards

 Public Citizen's Testimony on Truck Safety

General Truck Safety

Hazardous Materials

Mexico-Domiciled Trucks

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