An area lawmaker has offered an amendment to bolster the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety enforcement program. 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty took to the House floor this week to share the story of a woman from Fairfield County who was driving one of the recalled vehicle models down the highway.
The woman wound up under a freight dump truck, with airbags that failed to deploy. Esty says nine months and two surgeries later, that woman still suffers from post-concussion syndrome. She added that thousands of Connecticut car owners – and millions across the country – have been affected by recent recalls.
Esty called safety a bipartisan issue and said more must be done for families.
The transportation bill included about $18-million less than the National Highway traffic Safety Administration requested.