Recall on Regulations

Washington drops some costly and questionable auto rules

During the past 15 years, the American automobile has been designed almost as much by Washington bureaucrats as by Detroit automakers. In order to comply with federal safety and consumer-protection regulations, cars took on a variety of new features that included anti-whiplash headrests, impact-resistant bumpers, and safety belts that set off an irritating buzz until everyone in front had buckled up.

The endless flood of new auto regulations may have ended last week, when the Reagan Administration announced the rollback of a series of rules governing...

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