Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says no one has been disciplined or fired as a result of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s handling of complaints related to General Motors Co.
’s delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles linked to at least 13 deaths.
At an appearance at the National Press Club on Monday, Foxx defended the work of the auto safety agency and noted that he ordered a review of NHTSA’s handling of the Chevrolet Cobalt recall and other complaints.
“We and I are willing to check our own math here. I’ve asked our inspector general to go through and do an after-action on this GM situation to see if there is anything we didn’t do that we should have done,” Foxx said. “We will learn from that report, and until that time we have our team intact.”
In late 2007, NHTSA declined to open a formal probe into hundreds of thousands of now-recalled GM cars despite the fact that a senior agency official notified superiors that at least four fatal crashes had been linked to air bag failures. The official asked for a formal review and the agency declined. At the same time, NHTSA routinely opened investigations into vehicles when nobody had been killed.Read Article