An active search is underway for a new administrator for The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Currently helmed by David Friedman, a series of perceived failures by Friedman makes it unlikely that he will be nominated for the position. Friedman has been serving as acting head of the agency but is not expected to be chosen by the Obama administration for the job. This year alone, NHTSA has been criticized for responding slowly to the massive General Motors ignition switch recall and most recently, the airbag defect from Takata that has resulted in millions of cars being recalled.
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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and officials at the White House have not hinted on who they have in mind to run the agency. Foxx did recently say that a nominee would be announced soon, but did not mention if the administration planned to nominate Friedman. Friedman assumed the position when David Strickland resigned last December and has spent most of this year defending the agency’s actions for the last decade.