Federal Laws

Providing the leadership, strategy, determination and just plain hard work it takes to pass a Federal Law is the goal of many organizations. Child safety should be a bi-partisan issue, but with so many diverse agendas in play at the same time, it’s rare after years or even decades of unending efforts to be successful. KidsAndCars.org is quite unique in having been the driving force behind six (6) significant safety advances to keep all of America’s children safe.

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• Due to the efforts of KidsAndCars.org (formerly Trunk Releases Urgently Needed Coalition (TRUNC) all cars sold or leased in the US beginning with model year 2002 have an emergency glow-in-the-dark trunk release inside the trunk compartment. KidsAndCars.org is not aware of any fatalities in the trunk of a car with this safety feature… Not one

• Dangerous rocker and toggle power window switches have now been eliminated. All new vehicles must have the safer ‘pull up to close/push down to open’ switches effective October 1, 2010.

• A brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI) device is now standard equipment on all vehicles. This interlock device prevents a vehicle from being put into gear without the driver’s foot on the brake.

• After decades of our government ignoring vehicle-related incidents that take place off public roads and highways, KidsAndCars.org was able to help pass a provision that requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to begin collecting data about incidents that take place on private property (mainly in parking lots or driveways).

• It’s absolutely impossible to believe, but there has NEVER been a standard about what a driver should be able to see when backing up their vehicle. KidsAndCars.org knew how urgently a standard was needed based on the number of backover deaths and serious injuries they kept adding to their database. It is literally impossible to avoid hitting something you cannot see behind your vehicle and children under the age of 5 are the most at risk. The stand-alone Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act was passed into law and signed by President Bush in February of 2008. The rear visibility rule was required by Congress to be issued by February 2011. Sadly, after four delays, the government has now stated the final rule will not be announced until January 2015. More info here

• The importance of seat belts in saving lives is indisputable. We should do everything possible to get people to buckle up. Yet why are seat belt reminder systems only found in the driver’s seat and front passenger seat? Our children are required to travel in the backseat of vehicles, but are not given the same safety protections as front seat passengers. KidsAndCars.org made sure the 2012 Federal Transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) contains a provision requiring seat belt reminder systems must now be found in all seating positions. Rear seat reminder systems can both remind the driver and rear seat occupants to buckle up and alert the driver when a passenger unbuckles their seat belt while the vehicle is moving.

Rear Seat Belt Reminder