NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for June 15, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–US Senator wants to know why cars are having non-crash fires—
–US Lawmakers continue to discuss AVs—
–Trump’s tariffs may cost Automakers One Million Auto Sales a year—
–Half a Million Floridians have Takata Airbags that have not yet been fixed—
–Police Surveillance Drones make a leap forward—

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

US senator questions NHTSA on non-crash vehicle fires
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on Wednesday questioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for information about vehicles that caught fire in recent years. “Spontaneous fires are serious safety hazards and should not be taken lightly,” Nelson wrote in a letter to NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King. “We have to find out what is causing these fires and what can be done to prevent them.  Owners need to know if their vehicles are safe. As a result, NHTSA must quickly identify and adequately address any serious safety issues.”

US Lawmakers prep for coming wave of self-driving cars
Lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday grabbled with how to prepare the nation’s infrastructure for the coming wave of self-driving vehicles. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works heard from transportation experts on the work to be done to improve both roads, broadband as well as the safety technology behind autonomous cars. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) raised concerns about rural areas, where broadband internet is often spotty. “Whenever I talk about, hear and think about autonomous vehicles I think about going up Bridge Road, which is where I live, to my house and I’m… not getting in an autonomous vehicle and doing those curves,” Capito said.

Trump Tariffs May Cost Carmakers 1 Million Auto Sales a Year
If President Donald Trump slaps a 25 percent tariff on imported vehicles, it may cost the U.S. auto industry 1 million annual vehicle sales — and that’s just the low end of the estimated damage. The projection by researcher LMC Automotive assumes automakers would absorb at least half the cost of a tax on imported vehicles, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting. If companies pass the full 25 percent cost on to consumers, it could snuff out about 2 million sales, or more than 10 percent of annual U.S. deliveries, he said.

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The NMA Driving News Roundup is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week. If you have a story for Driving News, send the url via email to nma@motorists.org. Every Wednesday catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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