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New Highway Bill is Okayed Without Safety Standards

Automotive Discovery -- Both houses of Congress have passed a new bill that doubles the fines for automakers if they do not recall vehicles in a timely manner. This takes the current $17million penalty up to $35million. This bill comes in the wake of the 10 million Toyota vehicles that are currently going through recalls, not all of them in such as timely manner. It also includes several additional safety measures, but some Congress members feel that it could have been fleshed out quite a bit more to include new safety requirements. One of these requirements is a seatbelt chime that would alert drivers to rear seat belts being unlocked when the vehicle is in operation.

Other safety regulations that were left out of the Bill which seemed to have been rushed through Congress refer to vehicle stopping distance


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Submitted Aug 07, 2012 By: skb69sa
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Tehbob
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:41:11 AM

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"Not Newsworthy"
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 9:22:48 AM

At least they got it passed
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in the absence of good sense, laws must substitute
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 6:43:13 AM

I am glad that something passed in our blocked Congress - but we do still need Safety Standards.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 6:16:15 AM

Lawyers taking care of their own.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 5:34:40 AM

And you expected better from Congress? Ha!
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 4:19:21 AM

@vulcan96 - now that is a truly ignorant comment!

What has Mr. Boehner accomplished? 31 repeal attempts of the affordable healthcare act and probably the same number of anti-women's health measures.

Of course it was rushed through - the republicons don't really know how to write legislation, just take it from their corporate masters and introduce it (see ALEC).

[Edited by: jcurley at 8/7/2012 5:20:50 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 3:19:38 AM

Toyota killed over 50 people with their accelerator problem and they knew about for years. Someone should have been hung out to dry.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 2:32:24 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 2:24:40 AM

Hope it works!
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:53:04 AM


I wonder how many little extra laws were passed with this rush job that were not discussed?
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:47:56 AM

Typical BS from congress. just rush it through, don't even read it till it passes - per nancy bellagossi...
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:39:50 AM

Typical BS from congress.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:27:20 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:22:56 AM

Also included in this bill was making it illegal for cigarette shops to have rolling machines for cigarettes. This has nothing to do with highways or safety of vehicles. Sorry I believe any bill proposed should deal only with one thing at a time no add ons or other things that have nothing to do with the bill. Just shows me how distorted and corrupt our Congress and government has become we need to start over with representation from all income brackets not just the rich and greedy.
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the nanny state is at it again. they wantnto controlveverything we do.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:12:54 AM

Consumer Safety might have been lobbying harder this year.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:11:50 AM

about time
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:10:52 AM

Stop thiis BS and send Congress home, maybe then we will be safe from additional regulations
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:08:12 AM

Good I guess.
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OK
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:06:40 AM

good they did something
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:06:27 AM

Ovomit or the administration had something to do with this. I can smeel the garbage
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 1:04:07 AM

It should have been tougher as $35 million is chump change. Fine them 5% of the MSRP of the vehicles affected. That way if 100,000 $35K SUVs weren't recalled in time, it would be a fine of $175 million.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:58:07 AM

Who needs safety...
We all do...
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:53:37 AM

Safety standards should be included.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:53:28 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:50:32 AM

And we don't need more chimes going off. please.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:49:57 AM

Doesn;t seem like a highway bill to me.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:49:18 AM

Sounds fair enough...
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:48:48 AM

nightworker998 they are always on vacation, when have they ever done anything?
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:48:23 AM

Pass the bill so that you can find out whats in it.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:45:15 AM

I wonder if this bill has any wordage about gun control???
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"Hi, I'm from the government.........and I'm here to help you."
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:42:42 AM

Ever notice how these types of bills get rushed through congress, but important ones are fought tooth and nail for years before anything positive happens. Term limits would take care of this problem. All bills would never be rushed and would be discussed in their entirety by people genuinely interested in them, instead of the lazy do nothing octogenariens we currently have
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:42:26 AM

New Highway Bill is Okayed Without Safety Standards

Glock you posted - Something we can all agree on.

??????????????

Perhaps you are correct if we all have guns (Glocks)!

However, perhaps we do not need guns to promote safety standards.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:38:23 AM

Geez, people act like this is repealing all the safety laws. It's just not adding more rules that we probably don't need. How often are your rear seatbelts buckled, anyway?
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:32:54 AM

One thing at a time. Not tacking on other safety measures may seem like a missed opportunity, but new safety measures have more impact when they are passed on their own merits.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:30:53 AM

Not all government regulations are for our good. Just look at ethanol!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:30:46 AM

GOv overstepping their bounds again
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:30:44 AM

I thought congress was a vacation from working?
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Actually, Congress did a sell job this session - NO budget, LOTS of BS, and then they went on vacation! Actually, that's the good part. When they're on vacation at least they're not doing too much damage.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:24:52 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:23:02 AM

I'm all for safety but there is a fine line between safety and intrusiveness. The black box is intrusive. Rear seat belt chimes could just be annoying.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:21:57 AM

Interesting article.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:21:42 AM

Yep we new no new safety regulations. Just vote obama out in November and folks can get back to work again once some of regulations are relaxed.
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TMG = Too Much Government.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:21:15 AM

yep.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 12:17:49 AM

on to texting and cell phone usage issues
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