The US auto regulators are prompting the auto industry for more safety procedures and plans a meeting with major automakers for a voluntary agreement on taking this step.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges the world’s largest automakers to do more on safety procedures by improving recall completion rates, prevent vehicle cyber-attacks and find car problems earlier, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Therefore, US safety officials want to plan a meeting in which all sides agree to certain voluntary reforms, which will be announced at an event held on January 15 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. NHTSA already took the initiative by sending invitations to 15 automakers, including General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co, Toyota Motor Corp, Volkswagen. Honda Motor Co, Daimler AG and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the sources said. The agency is expecting a full presence from the companies to discuss the matter in a seven-hour meeting, which is set to take place at a government office building at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. NHTSA invited automakers’ top safety officials and some automakers will also send government affairs officials, according to the sources.
In a memo to automakers last week, marked “highly confidential,” NHTSA said the meeting will focus on issues such as improving safety culture, boosting recall completion rates, cyber security and making changes to early warning data reporting systems, the sources said. The meeting will also include discussions on how automakers can alert NHTSA to potential safety issues as early as possible. The US safety agency already made consistent steps for safety improvements, announcing last month that beginning with model year 2018, the agency will update its 5-Star Rating System to include automatic emergency braking as a recommended safety technology. Some sources, said NHTSA also plans to bring some major changes to crash safety tests that will force the carmakers to add multiple avoidance systems if they want top stars for their new cars.