Butte Workers’ Comp Lawyer: NHTSA Furlough & Vehicle Safety Issues
Posted on Nov 05, 2013
All around the country, October first’s partial government shutdown temporarily put federal employees out of work, including the entire vehicle defects team at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Follow-up investigations were into vehicle safety complaints were on hold – a no-win situation for millions of American workers who rely on automobiles for transportation and job duties.
In early October, NHTSA told reporters that it had been forced to furlough 333 of their 597 employees due to the shutdown. So far, that’s meant:
- New recalls from auto manufacturers aren’t being processed, meaning they haven’t been publically posted on the government’s website for recalls.
- The agency can’t follow up on complaints from the public, investigate potential safety issues, or continue existing ones, like research into Jeep SUV fuel tank fires.
- There has been no progress on new safety regulations for cars, such as heightening the rear visibility standards for all vehicles.
“The government shutdown for a few days hasn’t had an affect on the industry, but if it were to continue longer it would affect the automakers,” said Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade group representing many of the world’s largest auto manufacturers, including Detroit’s Big Three.
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