We Agree: Crash Avoidance Systems Shouldn't Be an 'Extra'

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The NTSB has made another call for crash avoidance systems on all cars, as USA Today reports. It wants it to be standard on all new vehicles, saying that such systems could prevent death or injury to thousands of people every year. USA Today cites a 60-page NTSB report showing that rear-end crashes alone result in 1,700 deaths per year and 500,000 injuries, and that crash avoidance could make a dent in preventing or minimizing the impact of rear-end crashes.

Of course, there are objections, and those come from the automotive industry, which largely center on the cost of making crash avoidance systems standard, or that a governmental requirement would only result in the cost being passed on to the consumer.

But NTSB chairman Christopher Hart said: "You don't pay extra for your seat belt, and you shouldn't have to pay extra for technology that can help prevent a collision altogether."

We'd have to agree with that.

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