The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has named a new head administrator.
Mark Rosekind, a former NASA official and member of the National Transportation Safety Board, has been confirmed as the new head of the organization by the U.S. Senate, filling a position that has been vacant for about a year. Roskeind succeeds David Strickland, who announced his plans to resign last year.
Rosekind takes the helm in the middle of a trying time for the organization, which is amidst two different safety crises. The first is General Motor’s faulty ignition switch recall and the second is a massive recall of airbags made by Takata. In the latter case, NHTSA is actively searching for the cause of the airbag issue, the root of which still hasn’t been found.
Rosekind has pledged to take a tough stance on those who do not handle safety issues promptly. “In a safety culture, if people aren’t worried, they aren’t going to act in a proactive safety way,” said Rosekind. “NHTSA needs to be the enforcer.” He also emphasized the need for NHTSA to have more resources, recognizing that the organization only has nine employees who are responsible for looking over roughly 75,000 complaints that are received each year.
[Source: Auto News]