WASHINGTON -- A Bush administration plan to streamline federal regulation of manufacturers yielded an unexpected result: two of its proposals would impose new safety standards on vehicles.
The plan includes a standard aimed at protecting vehicle occupants from ejection in crashes. The other proposal is designed to reduce harm when large and small vehicles collide - the so-called compatibility issue.
The consumer group Public Citizen sought the addition of the two safety proposals to the regulatory package.
The Office of Management and Budget, an agency of the White House, collected 189 ideas for regulatory change. Most came from the business community. The agency's final report says 76 of the ideas deserve further consideration.