Additional Efforts are Needed to Ensure NHTSA’s Full Implementation Of OIG’s 2011 Recommendations

In February 2010, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated an audit of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) oversight of vehicle safety. This audit was prompted in part by congressional concerns about NHTSA’s handling of the Toyota Motor Corporation’s unintended acceleration recalls. In October 2011, OIG issued their report, which made 10 recommendations to enhance the ability of NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) to identify and address potential vehicle safety defects and ensure it has the workforce and expertise needed to operate effectively. In February 2014, the General Motors Corporation (GM) began recalling vehicles for a defective ignition switch that unexpectedly moved from the “run” or “on” position to the “accessory” or “off” position, shutting down the engine and disabling power steering, power brakes, and air bags. Citing congressional concerns over NHTSA’s handling of the GM recall, the Secretary of Transportation requested in March 2014 that OIG assess NHTSA’s vehicle safety procedures related to the recall. The subsequent review of ODI’s pre-investigative procedures determined that ODI’s inadequate processes for collecting and analyzing vehicle safety data resulted in significant safety concerns being overlooked. Because of the importance of highway safety, OIG took this opportunity to assess NHTSA’s efforts to implement the recommendations from the 2011 report. This report presents the results of OIG's assessment of NHTSA’s efforts to implement its proposed actions to consistently address the 2011 recommendations.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01593943
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ST-2016-021
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 8 2016 9:41AM