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USA Today: Collision-avoidance could be part of car ratings

Legislation being proposed in the U.S. House and Senate today would require federal auto regulators to include information about collision-avoidance systems in their new car safety ratings.

The legislation is being proposed by U.S. Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. It comes just days after the National Transportation Safety Board reiterated its call for collision-avoidance systems to be included as standard equipment in new cars, a recommendation it has been making for some years.

The new legislation would, if passed, require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to integrate “active safety technology” into its 5-star crashworthiness ratings. NHTSA’s program measures the level of safety provided by vehicles in frontal and side crashes and rollovers and requires the results be posted on window stickers for new cars.