Senate Panel Hears Calls For Stronger, Leaner NHTSA

Law360, New York (July 27, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT) -- A federal highway safety official and industry advocates told a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Wednesday that the looming reauthorization of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should focus on providing the agency with the funding and authority to tighten its safety and recall programs.

While the estimated 33,000 traffic fatalities in 2010 marked the lowest number since 1949, the NHTSA still faces many challenges, including distracted driving, seatbelt usage and alcohol-impaired driving, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety...
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