US House lawmakers seek review of delayed US auto safety rules

Three senior Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday asked government auditors to study why U.S. auto safety regulators have failed to write dozens of new auto safety regulations.

The delayed rules include rear belt warnings, revisions to vehicle defect reporting requirements, child restraint side impact tests, requiring automakers to e-mail recall notices, large bus and motor-coach rollover structural integrity requirements and making it easier to install child safety seats. Many have been delayed by more than four years.

Representative Frank Pallone, who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, along with Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Lisa Blunt Rochester, asked the Government Accountability Office to study the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research and rulemaking process “to identify factors contributing to delays.”