Contrary to Mr. Nader’s description, exemptions from Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) aren’t a blank check to recklessly build cars that don’t adhere to the public’s safety expectations. Rather, by law, any company seeking an exemption must prove to federal regulators that such vehicles will be at least as safe as nonexempt vehicles.

The whole point of FMVSS exemptions is to balance the need for the development of transportation innovation with an accepted baseline of safety. To date, it’s a system that has worked well but must be expanded.

Ian Adams and Caleb Watney

R Street Institute


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