A CRITIQUE OF VEHICLE SAFETY PROGRAMS FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF A CONSUMER ADVOCATE

Motor vehicle safety standards established to date under the 1966 National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act have been critically inadequate. Even though research completed by NHTSA would support improvements in many standards, the findings of this research have too often been neglected. This paper explores the Congressional mandate authorizing the Secretary of Transportation to engage in vehicle safety research, and measures the performance of NHTSA's research efforts against that mandate. It concludes that the research effort should be integrated thoroughly with efforts to improve the motor vehicle safety standards. The strengths and weaknesses of the current vehicle safety research program, as seen from a consumer viewpoint, are described and briefly analyzed. The paper's recommendations include suggestions that the relative emphasis among certain current research plans be reassessed and redirected, that new funds be allocated for at least two programs, that NHTSA give more visibility to significant research findings, and that NHTSA establish mechanisms to ensure utilization of research findings in improving safety standards. /HSRI/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report is from the Vehicle Safety Research Integration Symposium, 30-31 May 1973, in Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Center for Auto Safety

    P.O. Box 7250, Ben Franklin Station
    Washington, DC  USA  20044
  • Authors:
    • Dodge, L
  • Publication Date: 1973-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00262865
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 27 1974 12:00AM