Congress Schedules Hearings to Beef up NHTSA

The New York Times (4/30, Maynard) reports that Congressional hearings will begin next week on the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010, which would strengthen NHTSA regulators’ power and “require automakers to install a series of safety features on their vehicles.” The planned legislation “includes many of the proposals discussed in hearings this winter” on Toyota’s recall crisis. The Times notes that House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman “has begun circulating a draft of the proposal to committee members and has scheduled a subcommittee hearing on the measure for next Thursday.”