French car window tint will be permanently removed from all cars on American highways beginning in 2019.
The Transportation Department said Friday it would begin removing car windows from some interstate routes within the next two years.
The agency will make the decision to remove the window tint in the fall of 2019.
“We want to make sure that the public has access to all of the important information that’s available on the internet, that people are aware of, that they have access to the roadways and that we can provide the services that they need,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at a news conference.
The decision comes as the Obama administration has pushed automakers to make more use of computerized vehicle diagnostics and vehicle monitoring.
In September, the Obama Administration announced that the auto industry was considering adding a $10 billion fund to help small manufacturers that make vehicles that can’t afford to replace defective parts with new ones.
The program, known as Connect America Fund, has raised more than $6 billion to date.
But the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has resisted any push to use such technology to help improve reliability.
The Federal Highway Patrol has been working to provide information to car buyers about whether they have defective or lost windows, but officials have not yet been able to identify the specific defect.
A spokesman for the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) declined to comment on the agency’s decision, and the FHWA did not respond to a request for comment.
The Obama administration in late 2018 ordered the removal of the window shades in vehicles with two or more seatbelts.
The order was based on studies showing that the tint on the windows could cause significant health problems.