The nation’s top auto safety regulator — who oversaw investigations into millions of Toyota Motor Corp.

vehicles and helped broker a deal to nearly double fuel efficiency standards by 2025 — is stepping down.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Strickland — a former Senate aide and lawyer — told senior staff on Wednesday that he plans to step down as head of the agency that oversees vehicle safety standards, recalls, fuel economy regulations and other vehicle regulatory issues. Strickland didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on his plans.

A Transportation Department spokeswoman confirmed Strickland, 45, plans to step down. No precise date has been announced, but Strickland is expected to leave within the next two months.


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