WASHINGTON -- Federal safety regulators are going ahead with a review of ways to reduce risks created by the mismatch between cars and light trucks despite an industry promise to pursue voluntary remedies.
Nevertheless, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is "delighted" that automakers and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have committed themselves to the voluntary effort, agency spokesman Rae Tyson says.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the institute, in a joint letter to NHTSA Administrator Dr. Jeffrey Runge, said they will form two groups. One will look at how to protect people in cars struck in the side by trucks. The other will study limiting the harm done when light trucks collide head-on with other vehicles.