January 26, 2014

Auto Briefs

Feds push to boost car seat test standards; NADA predicts strong 2014 sales



Feds want side-crash test for child car seats
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking a new rule that requires child car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph. Up to now, federal rules have covered only how well car seats protect children in crashes from the front. Under the proposed rule, the seats also would have to pass a test that simulates a typical side-impact vehicle crash. Agency Administrator David Friedman says that if the rule passes, every child car-seat model must pass the test before it could be sold to the public.
The New York Times


(The Associated Press)

NADA says 2014 sales will beat last year's
The National Automobile Dealers Association predicts 16.4 million new cars and light trucks will be purchased or leased in the U.S. this year, a 5.1 percent increase from 2013. "Consumers will be far better off in 2014 than last year," says NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly. "Employment is improving. Debt has been reduced, and home prices across all regions of the country will remain stable or will rise, yielding a positive wealth effect." Last year, 15.6 million new light vehicles were sold in the U.S.
NWautos staff


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