NHTSA: Those Who Can't Set Standards, Issue Guidelines

Law360, New York (March 29, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT) -- On Feb. 24, 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued its "Notice of Proposed Federal Guidelines"[1] for "Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for In-Vehicle Electronic Devices" in which it set forth design and performance standards for limiting the distraction of drivers when using onboard integrated electronic devices.

The agency issued "guidelines" instead of "safety standards" because, among other things, "the test method developed by NHTSA in these NHTSA Guidelines in its current form would not meet the statutory requirements for establishing compliance with a...
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