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New auto safety standards are coming, and they might be voluntary

New auto safety standards are coming, and they might be voluntary

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is poised to announce new auto safety guidelines -- and it had better be prepared for a fight.

The federal agency has reached an agreement with several manufacturers, say sources not authorized to speak publicly on the topic, and could announce new safety standards as early as Thursday or Friday.

Though NHTSA declined to comment, the sources say the new guidelines specifically address safety features like automatic emergency braking that are designed to assist drivers in avoiding collisions.

Many automakers already offer such features, either as standard equipment or as options. But the features are typically...

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