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Pallone & Schakowsky Request Information from NHTSA to Ensure the Agency is Fulfilling Its Mission

Apr 17, 2019
Press Release
Committee Leaders Voice Concerns Over Agency’s Commitment to Consumer Safety

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) wrote today to Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Heidi King to reassume the Committee’s traditional role of oversight over the Agency.

NHTSA is tasked with reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses from motor vehicle crashes through oversight of the quickly changing automotive industry.   Under the Trump Administration, NHTSA has delayed implementing or ignored solutions to issues concerning the safety of America’s roads, raising questions about its commitment to consumer safety.  NHTSA has repeatedly failed to meet statutory rulemaking deadlines for critical rules aimed at increasing the safety of automobiles and empowering consumers.  The agency is also not preparing for the future by thus far failing to set safety standards for autonomous vehicle technology and other advanced vehicle technologies.

“It is our intention to work collaboratively with you and the hardworking employees of NHTSA to advance the goal of reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses from motor vehicle crashes,” Pallone and Schakowsky wrote.  “To that end, it is incumbent upon the Committee’s leadership and its members to oversee and ensure NHTSA is in fact fulfilling its mission.  We ask that you update the Committee with information detailing NHTSA’s current workload, the work of its bureaus and offices, and its interactions with the public through its handling of consumer complaints and Freedom of Information Act requests.” 

Pallone and Schakowsky requested a complete written response to their questions from NHTSA no later than May 17.

To read the letter, click HERE.