(This story has been revised to correct the name of former NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.)
Call him “the enforcer.” Mark Rosekind, the nominee to take over as the new administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, says he’ll be getting tough when it comes to recalls and other auto industry safety lapses.
That appeared to be precisely what members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee wanted to hear as they held a hearing on Rosekind’s appointment by President Obama. Over the last 11 months, since David Strickland left his post as NHTSA chief, the agency has come under intense fire for its handling of a series of safety issues, including the current Takata airbag recall crisis.
“I’ve been concerned with the slowness across all of the agency’s recalls,” Rosekind told the committee, adding that “NHTSA needs to be the enforcer.”