Automotive News World Congress

NHTSA at Automotive News World Congress

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark R. Rosekind delivered a speech at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. The speech covered a variety of topics including the record-setting recalls and fines over the past year and a half, a change in the status quo and creating a culture of safety to save lives and reduce injuries on U.S. roadways.

Creating a Culture of Safety

Rosekind spoke at length about the NHTSA’s proactive drive to create a culture of safety within the automotive industry. This is the type of culture that doesn’t avoid talking about problems, but welcomes dialogue to improve automotive safety. In the past, safety issues within the automotive industry have been kept quiet or concealed at the great expense of lives and safety on U.S. roadways. The new culture of safety will reward people who identify problems and bring them to light to be addressed swiftly. Ultimately, the change comes down to making safety the top priority, not profits.

Changing the Status Quo

For too long, the status quo has been to quietly delay or reluctantly recall vehicles with safety defects. After record-setting recalls and fines over the past 18 months, we might finally see a shift in the status quo. For a long time, the NHTSA has had a somewhat adversarial and ineffective relationship with the automotive industry. That’s changing too. The NHTSA is partnering up with leaders in the automotive industry in efforts to work together on safety advances.

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The number one priority for the NHTSA is improving safety for all motorists and roadway users. By cracking down on automakers who don’t act in accordance with federal law and by partnering with leading manufacturers to improve safety, the NHTSA is making a proactive push for a culture of safety. Since this is a work in progress and big changes often take time, you should still seek out the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to a defective part or a dangerous driver.

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