The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that automakers will soon be required to manufacture hybrid and electric vehicles that meet a minimum noise requirement in order to prevent pedestrian-related incidents in the future.
The federal agency has stated that this requirement is part of the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010. Federal agents and lawmakers hope to ensure automakers are making vehicles that are safer for pedestrians since hybrid vehicles tend to be quiet while traveling at low rates of speed.
Consumers Reports issued the results of a recent study showing that 40 percent of surveyed consumers felt pedestrian safety is an issue when it comes to hybrid and electric vehicles.
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