Auto Bill Draft Would Require Black Boxes In Your Car

WaPo reports:

All new cars would have to be equipped with “black boxes” that record performance data and federal safety regulators would be granted the authority to order immediate recalls under newly proposed auto-safety legislation being considered by Congress.

The draft of a bill was released Thursday by one of the House committees investigating Toyota’s massive recalls for unintended acceleration in its vehicles. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House commerce committee, and Sen. John D. Rockefeller(D-W.Va.), chair of the Senate commerce committee, have said they intend to collaborate on automobile safety legislation this year.

As if automakers are intentionally making cars that kill people.

Do we need a government bureaucracy to tell us that a car is dangerous?  Typically as soon as automakers find out a car has problems they issue recalls because they don’t want to get sued and they don’t want to lose business.  The notion that a government bureaucracy is going to keep us safe by installing “black boxes” (which I’m sure will include a tracking device, mark my words) is ridiculous.

Further, what if I want to drive a dangerous car?   What if a car is more dangerous because its built cheaper?  Shouldn’t I be able to drive a cheaply built car if I want to?  What right does the government have to tell me I can’t drive a cheaply built car?

This is outrageous.  I’m also sure such tyrannical nonsense will drive up the cost of cars, further preventing the working poor from getting a decent vehicle.