US, motor firms to announce new safety accord

THE US government and a group of global motor firms are set to unveil a voluntary agreement at the Detroit motor show on Friday.

According to company and government officials, it is aimed at improving motor industry safety and spurring culture changes.

The accord could set the framework for further discussions on safety reforms and mark a new era of cooperation between motor firms and regulators.

This follow a record-setting year of safety fines, recalls and investigations into malfunctioning vehicles made by General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda and others.

But it stops short of what many safety advocates have urged Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to adopt: new legal requirements to toughen safety rules.

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