Statement on Failure to Pass Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 by Clarence M. Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety
With highway deaths once again rising after a 4-year downturn, Congress’ failure to pass the Motor Vehicle Safety Act is a public health tragedy. In a year that began with runaway Toyota’s & ended with Windstar rear axle fractures, one thing is clear – NHTSA does not have the authority or resources to stand up to an auto industry that always has and always will place profits above safety.
Statement of CAS Executive Director Clarence Ditlow
Toyota’s recall of 3.8 million vehicles to replace gas pedals, reshape the floor pan and install smart pedals (a system that cuts engine power when both brake and accelerator pedals are applied simultaneously) presents more questions than answers.
Since 1970, the auto industry has fought efforts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a dynamic roof crush standard that protects occupants in rollover crashes. During that time, the number of deaths to occupants in rollover crashes climbed from less than 3,000 to over 10,000 each year while total occupant fatalities declined from 43,200 to 33,300.
CAS Statement on NHTSA's Release of 2005 Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Highway Death Figures
Statement of Center for Auto Safety Executive Director Clarence Ditlow on NHTSA’s
Release of Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Highway Death Figures for 2005
April 23, 2001
STATEMENT ON RETROFITS FOR GM FIREBOMB PICKUPS
CLARENCE M. DITLOW, CAS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
At Last a Remedy But GM Continues to Stonewall After All These Year
STATEMENT OF CLARENCE DITLOW
CENTER FOR AUTO SAFETY
Before the SENATE COMMITTEE on COMMERCE, SCIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION
Washington DC, September 12, 2000