US: NHTSA administrator says the agency is under funded image

The administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be appearing later on today in front of a U.S. congressional subcommittee and say his agency needs more money to able to keep motorists safe.

According to the prepared remarks recently released ahead of the upcoming US congressional hearing dealing with the Takata safety crisis, Mark Rosekind, administrator of NHTSA, has been scheduled to appear as a witness, after around 34 million autos have been recalled because they are equipped with airbag inflators produced by the Japanese auto safety supplier. The Takata parts can explode with too much force, sending metal debris and shrapnel inside the cabin at high velocity – the recent recall has been dubbed the largest single-product recall in US history. “At NHTSA, we address safety risks every day. In my judgment as a safety professional, NHTSA’s lack of resources is a known risk,” is going to comment the US official in a prepared statement that will be given in front of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

Rosekind will further tell the US officials that the agency’s investigation currently running, has gathered evidence and data that shows “that prolonged exposure to hot, humid climates is associated with greater risk, but the full story is not yet known and a definitive root cause has not been identified.” The administrator also wants to tell the subcommittee that NHTSA’s budget today, when adjusted for inflation, is no less than 23 times smaller than it was just a decade ago.

Via Reuters