US: NHTSA head collates carmakers after two years of scandals image

The US auto safety regulator chief, Mark Rosekind has publicly challenged the automakers in wake of the last two years of scandals delivered by General Motors, Japan’s Takata or Volkswagen AG.

He said recently the auto industry’s malevolent practices seen lately have impacted the automakers’ reputations and credibility in front of regulators. “We’re questioning everything now. You have to question all assumptions,” commented Rosekind. He did say that for now restricted budgets and limited staff might impair the government from finding safety defects or fraud faster. Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, talked to the audience at a conference sponsored by the Auto Industry Action Group. He reminded about last week’s settlement between General Motors, the largest US automaker and the third biggest in the world and the U.S. Department of Justice – which imposed a criminal penalty of $900 million.

And last week as well the first pages unfolded in the massive scandal engulfing Germany’s Volkswagen AG which has been found to have cheated on emissions regulations tests in the US and later admitted it had done so in up to eleven million diesel-equipped cars around the world. “If they did it anyone else can do it,” added the NHTSA official. He also stated the NHTSA will hold another public information meeting alongside automakers and Takata, the airbag supplier at the center of an unprecedented airbag-related recall – tied to eight deaths and at least 100 injuries.