NHTSA praises automakers for speedy recalls, points out Toyota’s progress

The head of the NHTSA praised automakers, on Thursday for the expedience with which they have been recalling flawed vehicles, singling out ToMoCo. Despite the NHTSA increasing the pace of its investigations, agency chief David Strickland says that the core DNA of how the agency does business has not changed.

“We are now seeing the manufacturers stepping up, looking harder at their own decisions,” Strickland said, adding that automakers are making “the right decisions in terms of safety and consumers.”

Last week, Strickland met with representatives from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade association that represents Detroit”s three automakers, Toyota, and eight other manufacturers. A spokesperson for the group said that the organization and the NHTSA have the same goal in mind.

The past 12 months have been turbulent in terms of auto recalls, as 15 million vehicles have been recalled over the course of about 500 separate campaigns this year, including the much-ballyhooed Toyota sudden acceleration fiasco.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Detroit News