The chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), David Strickland, has announced that he is stepping down as the nation’s top auto safety regulator.
During his tenure, Strickland oversaw the Toyota “unintended acceleration” fiasco along with helping to usher in the 2025 CAFE fuel economy regulations. Strickland took the position in January of 2010, and also helped to establish distracted driving guidelines along with taking up high-profile safety investigations into the Chevrolet Volt, Jeep SUVs and the Tesla Model S.
Strickland’s successor is still unknown, though the obvious choice would be David Friedman who was recently named NHTSA’s deputy director.
Before Strickland took his position at NHTSA, he served for eight years on the staff of the U.S. senate committee on commerce, science, and transportation as the senior counsel for the consumer protection subcommittee.
[Source: Detroit News]