House panel OKs auto safety bill giving gov’t expanded powers in aftermath of Toyota recallsBy Ken Thomas, AP
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
House panel OKs Toyota-inspired auto safety bill
WASHINGTON — A sweeping plan to strengthen the nation’s auto safety laws in response to Toyota’s large recalls has moved forward in the House.
The legislation was approved Wednesday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sending it to the House floor. Lawmakers hope to pass the bill later this year.
Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 8.5 million vehicles around the globe, leading to the first major review of auto safety laws in Congress in a decade.
Under the legislation, the government get more power to order recalls and automakers would face tougher penalties for avoiding recalls.
The industry also would face new safety standards to prevent unintended acceleration in vehicles, a key issue in the Toyota recalls.