The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed SAFE Vehicles Rule. The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule would amend existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) and tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks and establish new standards for vehicles coming out. Essentially, the proposal is designed to give consumers a greater access to safer, more affordable vehicles that are also cleaner for the environment.

Improving Safety and Saving Money for Fuel Efficient Cars

Under this proposed rule, model year 2020 vehicle standards would be retained through model year 2026. According to the NHTSA, this proposed rule would save more than $500 billion in societal costs and reduce highway fatalities by 12,700 lives over the lifetimes of the vehicles through model year 2029. At this time, the NHTSA and the EPA are accepting comments on this proposal. Public feedback is being accepted over the next few months, and advocates hope to issue a final rule this winter.

Automobile Safety Technology Innovations

With the rate of automobile safety technology innovations at an apparent all-time high, it seems like every new model year vehicle is even safer than the last. We’re also seeing a lot of improvements in fuel economy for new vehicles. Unfortunately, the prices of some of these vehicles are also increasing exponentially. Even as we see all of these incredible improvements, it’s important to remember that brand new cars aren’t always within the price-point reach of many American consumers. Unfortunately, people are getting priced out of critically important new safety innovations.

Making Safer Vehicles Accessible to Consumers

Essentially, officials with the U.S. DOT and the EPA are hoping to come together to make safer more affordable vehicles for consumers. In addition to improving safety and accessibility for consumers, the vehicles will also be held to certain environmental safety standards too. Advocates want safer new vehicles with better fuel economy available to more people.

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