Asleep at the Wheel: The Government Auto Safety Breakdown

Number 17282
Subject Transportation
Source Los Angeles Times
State CA
Year 2000
Publication Date Jan. 5, Aug. 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 24, Sept. 8, 10, 15, 18, 23, 28, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 7, 10, 20, 22, Dec. 5, 18
Summary In a series of news and investigative stories the Los Angeles Times "focused on how the deceptions by auto and tire companies coupled with the ineffectiveness of the nation's auto safety regulators..." Some of the major findings included that "State Farm insurance company had notified federal regulators about problems with Firestone tires as far back as 1998, but got no response" and that "Ford Motor C. was aware of instability problems with its Explorer SUV...but twice had declined to make design changes...". Reporters found out that " tires made by Goodyear had been experiencing similar problems to the Firestones and had been linked to several fatal crashes". Some of the stories questioned the companies' practice to keep "knowledge of unsafe products out of public eye". The series raised questions about the efficiency of federal government on safety issues. It pointed out that "the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been thwarted for over two decades from setting or updating auto safety standards because of industry pressure and lack of funding and political support from Congress."
Category Contest Entry
Pages 61
Keywords Firestone;automobiles;highways;tires. lawsuits;the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;accidents;fatalities;Ford;Goodyear;State Farm Insurance;Continental General Tire Inc.;General Motors;Suzuki;Venezuela;Saudi Arabia;FARS;NHTSA
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