NHTSA Revolving Door Spin
* WSJ reports on former NHTSA Administrator David Kelly as frontrunner to head auto industry investigation of Takata airbag defect.
* Safety Advocate Rosemary Shahan reports that former NHTSA Deputy Administrator Ron Medford is pushing for using the public essentially as safety guinea pigs.“The auto manufacturers and Google are working in tandem to seek weak regulation of autonomous vehicles, which are already being operated on the highways in some states, including CA. They’re basically using our highways as their test track. They’re pushing the CA DMV very aggressively to allow them to “self-certify” that their cars meet federal motor vehicle safety standards, without any further standards or any third-party verification. They also claim that the US safety recall system is “robust” and adequate to handle any safety problems that arise. Ron Medford, who used to be the Deputy Director of NHTSA, and Chan Lieu, who served as Director of Government Affairs, Policy and Strategic Planning at NHTSA are both now speaking on behalf of Google and the manufacturers, before the DMV.”Here’s video of the most recent hearing:https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/autonomous/auto Earlier hearings — with notations for when Ron Medford from Google is speaking about the safety recall system: Part 2A3:00 – 5:00https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2WWRzbLsw8&feature=youtu.be Part 2B6:35 – 7:08https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTzPYlueGg8&feature=youtu.be