JAMA Chief Stresses Need for Safety Systems for Existing Cars

Economy

Tokyo, May 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Chairman Akio Toyoda on Monday stressed the need to add safety equipment to existing vehicles, after the country saw a series of accidents caused by elderly drivers.

"The point is how to secure safety" with not only new vehicles but also existing ones, Toyoda, also president of Toyota Motor Corp. <7203>, told a press conference, amid accelerating efforts by the auto industry to equip new cars with safety systems, such as automatic brakes.

In order to prevent vehicle accidents involving elderly drivers, related issues, including on tax, need to be dealt with in cooperation with administrative officials and many others, he suggested.

Many elderly people receive pensions, and they cannot easily buy new cars equipped with advanced safety features, Toyoda said.

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