NHTSA’s New Boss on Why the Safety Agency Needs a Bigger Stick

September 25, 2015

Just as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was about to close the books on 2014, a year in which a record number of cars were recalled, it underwent a change in leadership. On December 22, Mark R. Rosekind, a former NASA researcher and member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), was sworn in as administrator. The GM ignition-switch-defect investigation cast doubt on NHTSA’s ability to police the industry, and Rosekind’s tenure has so far been dominated by the Takata airbag recall, which has ballooned to become the largest consumer-product safety action in history. It’s no wonder then that the head of the safety agency thinks he could use more clout.

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