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EVs may become louder for safety

Electric vehicles are too quiet is probably a headline that many people did not expect to see. Electric vehicles (EVs) often make their first impressions of the fact that they emit so little noise, people do not even realize they are on or moving. And that is part of the problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

According to NHTSA, 2,400 pedestrian injuries could be prevented a year if EVs were a bit louder. To further that goal, NHTSA promulgated a new rule that will take effect in 2018 and come into full force in 2019, to require all new EV and hybrid vehicles to emit more noise. The noise must turn on whenever the vehicle is traveling at 18.6 mph or less in either the forward or reverse position. The rule will not apply to vehicles manufactured before that date.

While these regulations are not yet in effect, manufacturers are still required to design cars that are safe for the driver, passengers, other vehicles, and pedestrians. If a car is too quiet to alert other people to the danger, then that car may be defectively designed.

If you were injured due to an automobile design defect, then you may want to speak to an attorney. A lawyer can go over the nature of products liability lawsuits and advise you on the best strategy to seek compensation. Proving design defects are complex, it is best if you speak with an attorney prior to pursing any litigation. You don't need to go through this alone; an attorney can help you.

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