The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 was passed by the US Senate yesterday. It is expected that the President will sign the bill. The new legislation directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue new safety standards within specific time periods that will lead to the installation of safety technologies as standard equipment in all vehicles to prevent deaths and injuries in and around motor vehicles. These safety technologies are already available as standard equipment, upgrades or optional equipment in many makes and models of vehicles. The bill addresses three of the most serious causes of preventable injuries and fatalities to young children in and around motor vehicles: getting caught in an automatically closing power window; being struck by a backing vehicle because of an unacceptable blindzone; and placing a vehicle in gear that results in an uncontroll ed roll away without having to depress the brake.
The bill also requires the US Department of Transportation to establish a database of noncrash incidents and develop a program to provide the public with safety information regarding nontraffic dangers to young children.