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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