Recommendation for cars unrealistic

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart has provided new validation for Americans who think many in government have lost touch with reality.

Accident avoidance systems that brake vehicles automatically or warn drivers about impending collisions should be standard equipment on cars and trucks sold in the United States, the NTSB recommended in a recently released report.

A few vehicles already include such equipment. Others offer it as an added-cost option. That gives buyers who can afford it the chance to obtain the potentially life-saving devices.

But most Americans have to watch their money carefully when they buy cars or trucks.

Hart apparently does not think auto makers should charge more for vehicles with the accident avoidance equipment. “You don’t pay extra for your seatbelt, and you shouldn’t have to pay extra for technology that can help prevent a collision,” he commented.

If car companies are required to make the equipment standard, they will have no choice but to increase sticker prices to cover the expense.

Unless Hart knows something that has eluded businesses – how to manufacture complex equipment for nothing.