Them's the Brakes: Ex-NHTSA Administrator, Consumer Groups Sue NHTSA

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) should be mandatory, not voluntary, say safety groups, some of which have sued in order to see it happen.

It’s something of an odd situation, as one of the people behind a lawsuit filed against the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is an ex-NHTSA administrator.

According to The Detroit News, former NHTSA administrator Joan Claybrook has signed her name to the lawsuit, alongside Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Auto Safety.

The suit alleges NHTSA didn’t respond to the advocate’s petition — delivered in January — calling for mandatory AEB. By law, the regulator must grant or deny the petition within 120 days. Instead, NHTSA Flickr ( CC BY 2.0)]

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Dec 02, 2016

    That woman just needs to go away.

  • RicInRVA RicInRVA on Dec 02, 2016

    Automatic braking = end of manual shifting. Just putting that out there.

    • Funky Funky on Dec 04, 2016

      This is incorrect. For example, the 2017 Mazda 6 w/ manual transmission comes standard with automatic braking (their city safety system). I know this for sure, because the one I ordered has it. In addition, I believe (but I'm not 100% positive) all Mini's and some Fords also include this safety feature on their cars with manual transmissions.

  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys for that money, it had better be built by people listening to ABBA
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  • Scott ?Wonder what Toyota will be using when they enter the market?
  • Fred The bigger issue is what happens to the other systems as demand dwindles? Will thet convert or will they just just shut down?