Citing Long-Delayed G.M. Recall, Senator Calls for Change in Safety Agency’s Process - 2/26/14

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The 10-year investigation and problematic recall of 1.4 million General Motors cars related to 13 deaths shows that the government’s early-warning reporting system isn’t working, Senator Edward J. Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said on Wednesday in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Had the system worked better, it might have saved lives, Mr. Markey said in the letter to David Friedman, the acting administrator of the safety agency.

“We need to overhaul the early-warning reporting system so that N.H.T.S.A. is not looking at auto defects through a rearview mirror,” Mr. Markey said in a separate statement. “Making more information public can help prevent accidents and deadly crashes.”

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