The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it is considering imposing vehicle electronic requirements and asked major automakers to consider if voluntary standards for vehicle electronics make sense.

NHTSA said in a notice Monday it was updating automakers on its “progress on examining the need for safety standards” for passenger cars — something Congress required it to do in a 2012 law. The law requires NHTSA must report to Congress on the highest priority areas for safety for electronic systems.

The safety agency has come under criticism for failing to connect the problem of General Motors vehicles ignition vehicles that are now linked to at least 23 deaths and 54 crashes. NHTSA didn’t know that GM’s computer controls deactivated the airbags if the ignition switch was in the “off” or “accessory” mode.

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NHTSA Proposes Less High Tech in Cars Because They Can't Keep Up

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