Safety Concerns Prompt NHTSA's Call For Louder Hybrid Cars

Law360, New York (January 7, 2013, 5:53 PM EST) -- The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it is proposing that hybrid and electric vehicles meet minimum sound standards in order to help make all pedestrians more aware of the approaching vehicles.

Electric and hybrid vehicles do not rely on traditional gas or diesel-powered engines at low speeds, making them much quieter and their approach difficult to detect, and the proposed rules would fulfill Congress’ mandate in the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act that hybrid and electric vehicles meet minimum sound requirements so that pedestrians...
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