RegBlog’s go-to source for learning more about recent auto safety concerns.
Ninety percent of Americans travel to work by car. In doing so, they rely on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to provide for the safety of motor vehicles and highways. However, after automaker General Motors (GM) reported an ignition switch defect that went undetected for over a decade, the Department of Transportation issued an audit report bringing to light problems with the agency’s defects investigation process and calling for reform. Both automakers and NHTSA have faced criticism over recently emerging defects, and a variety of groups and individuals have put forth varied and sometimes conflicting proposals for how to move forward.
The Regulatory Review has compiled the following set of resources for learning about the history of the GM switch defect, the response of various government entities, and next steps.
Other Recalls and Fines:
Background Academic Papers:
Regulatory Dysfunction: How Insufficient Resources, Outdated Laws, and Political Interference Cripple the ‘Protector Agencies;’ Rena I Steinzor, University of Maryland, and Sidney Shaprio, Wake Forest University (2009)
Costly External Finance, Regulatory Regime, and the Strategic Timing of Vehicle Recalls; Sudipto Dasguptsa, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Jin Xie, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2015)
This resource list is the third installment of a three-part series, Getting Defective Vehicles Off the Road.