In the wake of the nationwide recall of almost 1 million GM vehicles due to a faulty ignition, the automaker has been facing increased scrutiny over it’s quality control processes.
To further add to the issue, a recent investigation has revealed that a member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Defects Assessment Division had recommended to other NHTSA officials that following complaints from owners of Saturn Ion & Chevrolet Cobalt (2003-2007 year models) that airbags were not deploying in the event of an accident.
At the time of this recommendation in 2007, the NHTSA decided to not pursue the issue after reviewing the data.
This decision has since brought into light the close ties that many auto makers have with industry regulators that are responsible with the oversight of some segments of the automotive industry.
In a statement from Jacqueline S. Glassman—a former NHTSA administrator that is now one of many representatives of the companies that they were responsible for regulating:
“Former government officials can help companies understand their legal responsibilities and what is expected of them…. All of these situations are governed by the recusal and ethics rules that everyone is expected to follow. I’ve always strictly adhered to those rules.”
Unfortunately, despite such assurances, the greater public is now justifiably very wary of the safety oversight mechanisms that are currently in place.
These recent developments have prompted to Inspector General to review more the records of dozens of former NHTSA employees that have since left to begin working for automakers.
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