By Gabe Nelson, Crain News Service
WASHINGTON (Dec. 13, 2013) — David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since early 2010, is leaving the agency.
Mr. Strickland, 45, was a major player in the federal investigation into unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles and in negotiating new fuel economy standards with the auto industry.
David Friedman, the No. 2 at NHTSA, will be the acting administrator in Mr. Strickland's absence. Mr. Friedman is considered a fuel-economy expert who worked at the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists before joining NHTSA earlier this year.