Automotive Safety Group Hosts Technology Fair on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON--Aug. 8, 2013: The Automotive Safety Council (ASC) held their latest Technology Fair in the Caucus Room of the U.S. House of Representatives Cannon Office Building. With a theme of "Auto Safety Going Forward: Tomorrow's Technology Today", the goal of the fair was to educate and inform lawmakers and regulators about the important technological developments in the automotive safety industry, which can significantly impact highway fatality rates. Industry experts were on hand to discuss the latest capability, availability, implementation status and test results of seat belts, airbags, rear seat safety, child seat protection, human dummy designs, simulation modeling, rollover protection, collision warning, crash-imminent braking, lane-departure prevention, rear visibility, cross-traffic alert, pedestrian protection and sensing technologies.

The event was supported by Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), both of whom have numerous companies within the automotive industry in their districts.

Following a review of the informational display panels at the event, NHTSA Administrator, David Strickland, spoke about the importance of the life-saving technologies presented by the ASC.

The event was well-attended and well-received by the many visitors from Congress and their staff members, various federal agencies and other industry organizations.

The ASC was founded in 1961 as the American Seat Belt Council to establish uniform production and quality standards for seat belts. With the introduction of airbags, the name was changed to Automotive Occupant Restraints Council (AORC) in 1988 to better represent its diverse membership. The organization became the Automotive Safety Council in 2011, expanding its membership to include suppliers of Active Safety products, including braking and steering systems that, when coupled with advanced sensors, mitigate or prevent accidents. The organization is international in membership and includes manufacturers and suppliers of airbags, airbag components, seat belts, automotive seating and interior safety components, child seats, braking systems, steering systems and electronics.

Its mission is to improve highway safety worldwide through the development, production and implementation of the latest automotive safety equipment; prevent accidents; protect occupants and pedestrians in a collision; and notify emergency responders after the collision when necessary. The mission utilizes voluntary, regulatory and legislative-directed use of these lifesaving products; making them available at the lowest possible cost to save the most people from injuries and fatalities.

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