Recent car safety news shows regulators need more money

The recent car recalls from the likes of Honda and especially Toyota have proved a number of things — one of which is that regulators are in need of more money and greater authority. The recall of 8 million Toyota vehicles due to a brake fault has shown that things need to change with vehicle safety regulators; we need to know that someone is caring for the driver.

The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mr. David Strickland, understands that his organization needs to take a “Hard Look” at the current safety standards for automakers. However, it seems that the current authority that they have may not be enough to solve the issues — which was set up in the 1960s and 1970s.

It is stupid that the NHTSA is still working on a set of standards set up all those years ago — times have changed how vehicles are built and the materials used.

We have to stress that it is not all about greater authority, a lack of money makes it hard for these regulators to keep on top of everything – occasionally something will slip.

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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