"Marketed to Congress as a benign tool to help prevent drunk driving, the measure will mandate that automobile manufacturers build into every car what amounts to a 'vehicle kill switch,'" wrote Barr, who was the Libertarian Party's nominee for president in 2008.
Like most Americans, I had never heard of this alleged "kill switch" until a few days ago when Representative Thomas Massie, a libertarian-leaning Republican, proposed to strip the mandate's funding.
"The right to travel is fundamental, but the government has mandated a kill-switch in new vehicles sold after 2026," said Massie. "The kill-switch will monitor driver performance and disable cars based on the information gathered."
Nineteen Republicans joined all but one Democrat in opposing Massie's amendment, which failed.
True or False?
The claim that the feds would mandate that every new motor vehicle include technology that could disable the vehicle seemed ludicrous. So I started Googling.