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H.R. 6041 (114th): HOT CARS Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 15, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6041

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 15, 2016

(for himself, Mr. King of New York, and Ms. Schakowsky) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act or the HOT CARS Act of 2016.

2.

Child safety alert system rulemaking

(a)

Rule required

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue a final rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles be equipped with technology to provide an alert that a child or unattended passenger remains in a rear seating position after the vehicle motor is deactivated.

(b)

Effective date of rule

The regulation issued by the Secretary under this section shall take effect 1 year after the date of the publication of the final rule.

(c)

Report to congress

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue a report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives on the feasibility of retrofitting existing passenger motor vehicles with technology to provide an alert that a child or unattended passenger remains in a rear seating position after the vehicle motor is deactivated.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Alert

The term alert means a signal that may be auditory or visual (or both) that will provide an effective warning to the driver of the passenger motor vehicle that a child or unattended passenger remains in a rear seating position after the vehicle motor is deactivated.

(2)

Passenger motor vehicle

The term passenger motor vehicle has the meaning given that term in section 32101 of title 49, United States Code.

(3)

Rear seating position

The term rear seating position means any designated seating position that is rearward of the front seat.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Transportation.