The National Highway Traffic Administration is thinking about the use of ignition interlocks in vehicles to require the use of seat belts for occupied seats in order to drive the car. Congress moved to prevent manufacturers from installing them in vehicles sold in the U.S. market four decades ago. Some of the restrictions on seatbelt interlocks were lifted after a transportation bill passed last year. A few automakers are considering the benefits of using them in future cars. This would allow the companies to create a lighter and more spacious vehicle, if they could be used in lieu of unbelted crash tests. Europe does not perform unbelted crash tests on the cars sold there.
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