Toyota Recalls Spur Rockefeller, Waxman to Draft Bill to Boost Car Safety

Toyota Motor Corp.’s record recalls for flaws tied to unintended acceleration prompted the chairmen of two congressional committees to draft auto-safety legislation targeting carmakers and the highway safety regulator.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, said today in a statement that Toyota’s recalls showed lapses in safety monitoring. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, said he will work with Rockefeller on the measure.

“I will introduce legislation that will hold automakers to a higher standard and strengthen the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ability to more effectively protect Americans on the road,” Rockefeller said in an e-mailed statement. The statement didn’t include details on the proposed legislation.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide for defects that may cause unintended acceleration. Three congressional committees have held hearings about the recalls.

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