NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind (shown above) is calling for a summit with car-company CEOs this summer to discuss how manufacturers handle safety defects and recalls. After a record number of cars were recalled in 2014, it’s probably a good idea for carmakers and the safety agency to get on the same page.
Automotive News reports that Rosekind wants to encourage more proactive handling of safety issues among automakers in the U.S. market. At the summit, he plans to discuss how each manufacturer handles defects, recalls, and other safety issues, and figure out ways to improve the process.
“We’re trying to get on top of these sorts of issues before they happen, before we have a crisis that requires us to call the industry in and say that ‘this is unacceptable and you must change your ways,’ ” said NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge. The time and place for the summit have not been decided, but Automotive News says that Rosekind would like it to happen as early as June.
Rosekind, a former NASA scientist and member of the National Transportation Safety Board, took over NHTSA in December 2014. The agency has been under increasing scrutiny in the wake of 2014’s many safety recalls, in particular GM’s ignition-switch debacle and the Takata exploding-airbag fiasco.
A NHTSA spokesman said that Rosekind plans to invite the CEOs of the Detroit Three, as well as top U.S. officials of foreign carmakers operating in this country.