The Bush administration suggested it might require automakers to install antilock brakes on all vehicles, according to a Wall Street Journal
story by Stephen Power.
Industry representatives say that requiring antilock brakes alone could cost automakers more than $600 million; right now the feature is
standard on many luxury and midprice models but costs consumers $300 to $600 as an option on other models.
But the White House's top regulatory official
said such a move could significantly reduce fatal crashes. John Graham, head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) office of information and regulatory affairs, said in written testimony presented to a House subcommittee Feb. 28 that requiring antilock brakes "is worthy of consideration."
Graham cited insurance-industry research that indicates antilock brakes can reduce
fatal crashes by as much as 9 percent over several years.