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Gottheimer Announces New Action Against Automakers Discontinuing AM Radio in Electric Vehicles

Gottheimer right with NJBA Executive Director Jordan Walton

PARAMUS, N.J. — Today, January 29, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced new action to protect AM radio in electric vehicles and ensure potential buyers know which cars and trucks have AM radio and those that don’t. AM radio is a vital public safety and emergency management tool that has served as the sole lifeline during times of crisis like 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, and other major storms and floods.

Car manufacturers, like Elon Musk’s Tesla, have said they will cut AM radio from their new production vehicles — threatening the 47 million Americans who listen to AM radio, who represent around 20% of the radio-listening public, and putting public safety and national emergency management at risk. 

Video of today’s announcement can be found here

Gottheimer’s New action to protect AM radio:

“Buying a car without AM radio is like buying a car without an emergency parking brake. You may not use it every day, but you’ll be glad you have it if your brakes ever go out,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “I would think that if Elon Musk has enough money to buy Twitter and send rockets to space, he can afford to include AM radio in his Teslas.”

Gottheimer continued, “Today, I’m sending a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, urging them to include new information on the car sticker price that’s on the window of every vehicle. The importance of AM radio during large-scale emergencies cannot be underestimated, and it has, without a doubt, and without interruption, saved lives and kept our communities informed. Potential customers must be made aware if their vehicles lack this key safety feature.”

Gottheimer’s previous work to protect AM radio:



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