WASHINGTON (Jan. 21, 2016) — Consumers Union is calling on auto makers to move quickly in following through on their voluntary agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to boost auto industry safety efforts.
The organization, which is the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports magazine, said it welcomed the interest in proactive safety following the Jan. 15 announcement by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and the major auto makers about a voluntary effort to boost safety efforts. That move came in the wake of unprecedented failures to identify vehicle defects and repair them quickly. The initiative also aims to address cybersecurity risks in vehicles, according to Consumers Union.
“It's vitally important to find and fix safety defects before, not after, consumers get hurt. These safety principles are a first step in that effort and we appreciate the consensus reached by NHTSA and the auto industry,” said William Wallace, policy analyst for Consumers Union.
“Better dialogue and data-sharing between industry and NHTSA are part of the solution, but holding companies accountable when they don't measure up is equally important.