Seat Belt Reminders
Seat belts save lives! In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes the value of seat belts, stating on its website that 13,941 lives were saved in 2015 by seat belts. Nearly 1,000 unrestrained rear seat passengers were killed in 2015 alone. Children are particularly at risk. At least 343 children age 15 and under who were not using seat belts were killed in 2015, the last year for which data is available. NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts 2015 (DOT HS 812 384) The importance of seat belts in saving lives is indisputable.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP21)
Subtitle E–Child Safety Standards
Title: Rear Seat Belt Reminder System
Abstract: This rulemaking would amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection, to require automobile manufacturers to install a seat belt reminder system for the rear designated seating positions in passenger vehicles. The seat belt reminder system is intended to increase belt usage and thereby improve the crash protection of vehicle occupants who would otherwise have been unbelted.
SEC. 31503. <<NOTE: Deadlines. 49 USC 30127 note.>> REAR SEAT BELT REMINDERS.
(a) Initiation of Rulemaking Proceeding.–Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall initiate a rulemaking proceeding to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
Number 208 (relating to occupant crash protection) to provide a safety belt use warning system for designated seating positions in the rear seat.
(b) Final Rule.–
(1) In general.–Except as provided under paragraph (2) and section 31505, the Secretary shall issue a final rule under subsection (a) not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
(2) Report.–If the Secretary determines that an amendment to the standard referred to in subsection (a) does not meet the requirements and considerations set forth in subsections (a) and
(b) of section 30111 of title 49, United States Code, the Secretary shall submit a report describing the reasons for not prescribing such a standard to–
(A) the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate; and
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(B) the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives.
<NPRM should be issued by October, 2014 and MAP-21 requires a final rule by October 1, 2015>
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash Protection; Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 124 (Tuesday, June 29, 2010), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
49 CFR Part 571 [Docket No. NHTSA–2010–0061]
UNBELTED; Adults admit they often skip belts in rear seat; Status Report, Vol. 52, No. 5 | August 3, 2017, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts 2015, A Compilation of Motor Vehicle Crash Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the General Estimates System
Unbuckled in the back seat? You’ll become a human missile in a crash (USA TODAY Aug. 3, 2017)