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NHTSA Reports Lack of Funding

Erin King1 year ago

According to Reuters, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to relay to a U.S congressional subcommittee his agency’s need for more funding.

Congressional Hearings Begin for Takata Recall

Mark Rosekind, the administrator of NHTSA, was one of many witnesses at a congressional subcommittee hearing concerning the safety and use of Takata Corp air bags on Tuesday, June 2nd. 

This hearing comes in light of recent discovery that approximately 34 million vehicles containing the air bags/devices had been recalled in the United States earlier this year.

Prior to the hearing, Rosekind had prepared a written statement to present to the U.S subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade concerning the safety risks caused by Takata’s vehicular devices.  So far, six deaths have been linked to Takata air bags and malfunctions of the devices worldwide. 

NHTSA Testimony to Address Lack of Funding

Rosekind plans to express to the subcommittee that NHTSA’s “lack of resources”, or in other words, funding, adds to the severity of the safety risks brought about by situations like the ones involving the Takata air bags; the agency’s lack of funding impedes its ability to assess and ameliorate situations involving safety risks.

Mr. Rosekind wishes to express to the subcommittee that the NHTSA’s lack of a budget prevents the agency from being able to keep up with the ever-changing vehicular technology and that funding for the agency is currently twenty-three percent lower than it was ten years ago. 

The administrator plans to share statistics to further prove his point.

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