CONCORD, NH —The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) today announced that its member companies have entered into an agreement to further reduce vehicle accidents caused by inadvertent shift selector movement, especially by children. The voluntary Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) agreement was announced today by NHTSA Administrator Nason, Senator Sununu, Congressman Bass, Representative Campbell, AIAM and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The accord underscores the industry’s commitment to vehicle safety and is the latest example of the voluntary efforts by automakers to enhance vehicle safety. The following AIAM members that manufacture vehicles for sale in the .S. have signed on to the agreement: Aston Martin, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota.
“This agreement shows how the automobile industry can voluntarily work together with federal and state policy makers to identify and resolve safety issues,” said Michael Stanton, President and CEO of AIAM. “Our members are committed to building safe vehicles, and we’re proud to be part of this agreement.”
The BTSI accord requires all automatic transmission-equipped motor vehicles produced for the U.S. market to have an interlock system requiring the vehicle’s service brake pedal be depressed before the transmission can be shifted out of “Park”. AIAM member companies already produce many vehicles with an interlock system of this type, and with this agreement have committed to installing these systems on all applicable vehicles no later than September 1, 2010.
“AIAM is proud to participate in this new safety initiative, and we commend Administrator Nason, Senator Sununu, Congressman Bass and Representative Campbell for their leadership” commented Mr. Stanton.