Safety is too important to be left up to Congress.
It is a foregone conclusion that Congress will pass auto safety legislation that imposes more requirements on the industry, including product mandates that are likely to raise prices without proportionate improvements to safety.
Rather than succumbing to political hysteria caused by Toyota's mishandled reporting of safety defects, Congress ought to allow automakers to develop the technology.
For example, the industry supports installing a brake override system and a black box that records crash data on all light vehicles but questions some stringent standards, such as requiring a 75-second data-collection period that could add several thousand dollars of cost per car.
For the sake of American consumers, Congress and the industry must reason together.