Americans should be thankful for the work of Clarence Ditlow and the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) for identifying the failures of NHTSA and DOT that resulted in the preventable recent deaths of two Americans here in the U.S.A.
Please see the CAS Analysis and letter to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.
CAS Analysis Shows Tesla (Joshua Brown) & Jeep Shifter (Anton Yelchin) Deaths Lie at NHTSA’s Feet
July 15, 2016
The tragic deaths of Anton Yelchin and Joshua Brown due to faulty electronics must be placed squarely at NHTSA’s feet. In its zeal to advance vehicle electronics, NHTSA has forgotten it is a regulatory agency to ensure vehicle safety, not a promotional agency to foster the development of vehicle technology.
Yelchin’s death is due to NHTSA creating a huge loophole in 1999 in FMVSS 102 governing transmission shift mechanisms. Brown’s death is due to NHTSA’s failure to issue a FMVSS for self-driving controls and allowing Tesla to beta test an autopilot system using consumer as test drivers on public roads, something that has never before been done in NHTSA’s history.
Congress intended that compliance with the federal rules would both regulate and stimulate new technologies. Today’s NHTSA has abandoned the regulatory side for the stimulation side at the expense of safety. By issuing interpretative rules as it did on electronic shifters for BMW and not issuing Safety Standards as it did on self-driving vehicles, NHTSA created safety loopholes that inevitably led to the deaths of Joshua Brown and Anton Yelchin.
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America needs people in government, in industry, and the media to do their jobs protecting the American people.
In this election year, we are on the road to 4 million vehicle deaths in the U.S.A. in the next decade. How many more deaths will it take to get the President to set a Vision Zero goal? See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/assets/MonthlyReportforJanuary2016-Corrected.pdf
Citizen Marianne Karth and her family have gathered 20,000 signatures for President Obama to issue an executive order to set a Vision Zero goal. See
What hidden strings are holding him back?
Put safety first, please.