The Senate Commerce Committee criticizes ‘deeply troubling’ lapses by NHTSA and promises to work to enact legislation to improve the highway safety agency’s ability to respond to future problems.
A key senator slammed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday for not identifying serious safety problems with Toyota vehicles earlier.
“NHTSA’s actions — and inactions — in the years leading up to today are deeply troubling,” Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) told transportation officials at the start of his panel’s hearing on the Toyota recalls. “The American people count on NHTSA to protect them and to provide them with clear and reliable safety information — and even today that picture is not clear.”
Other senators — Republicans and Democrats — also hammered NHTSA for not doing a better job.