Automobile manufacturers described the House auto safety bill (H.R. 5164) passed yesterday as challenging legislation, yet acknowledged that it is more workable than the Senate version of the bill. "Automakers support the intent of safety legislation now being debated in Congress to achieve earlier detection of safety-related defects and faster correction of those defects," said Alliance President & CEO Josephine S. Cooper. "The good thing about the House bill is that it doesn't turn safety engineers wearing white lab coats into hardened criminals," she added.