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Although it seems like President Bush has issues meeting with the auto industry, his government is working hard to protect carmakers from themselves.

NHTSA recently proposed that potentially important safety information, such as consumer complaints, warranty claims and information on vehicles involved in deaths and injuries should be kept confidential. They stated that releasing this type of information could result in "substantial competitive harm." Are you kidding me?

Current market conditions unfortunately force automakers to get the latest, greatest vehicles to market quickly in an effort to remain competitive and stay financially viable. This announcement proves what is really important... money. If automakers were truly concerned about consumer issues, maybe they would consistently build vehicles that didn't have to be recalled multiple times, often in reaction to the above mentioned customer complaints, warranty issues or accidents. But if that were the case, what would the folks at NHTSA have left to do?

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Great, i am glad Bush did it right in time for election. He is trying so hard to make sure that hippies take control of the house and senate i simply feel i have to help him in doing just that.

      I wonder who was the biggest automaker that asked Bush to help them with this? It has GM and Ford once AGAIN written all over it.

      Why you aks? Because Ford has had one of the biggest recalls in history in last two year and they had that firestone thing and now Escape SUV thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's all part of the Fascist Bush Administration. Bush loves war and hates democracy. He wants MORE government and MORE power. He seems to have forgotten that he is a Public Servant and works for us, not the other way around. Everything he touches, turns to sh*t. Period, end-of-story.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If a certain brand of car is unsafe, I think the public should know. Individual safety is more important than worrying about competitive pressures.

      For that matter, competition is supposed to drive out unsafe vehicles after the public is made aware of them--especially if there are safer choices.

      If Ford and Firestone suffered during the last Explorer/blowout revelation, so what? Better THEY suffer than any of us who might buy their junk.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ridiculous! The silly Democrats blamed Reagan for sun spots in the 1980s and this accusation makes no sense at all. Likely that some of these agencies are loaded with Democrat hacks--they're not all Republicans or Independents.

      The more info--both good and bad--about car safety the better. Informed shoppers are smart shoppers.

      In any case, when the Democrats are running things as they surely will be sooner or later, taxes will go up and we'll all be buying fewer or cheaper cars because the government will have our money instead of us!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why would you blame either party for this? Everyone uses it as an excuse to rant about the opposing party, but it's just an action of a corrupt bureaucracy (bureaucrazy?). If you want to argue (if you can even call this arguing) politics, please don't do it on a car website.

      Anyway, this legislation is ridiculous...if you read the article, the NHTSA says that the legislation "will cause substantial competitive harm and will impair the government's ability to obtain this information in the future if released." Reading between the lines, this says "we want to help out American automakers if at all possible, and, uh, here's another BS excuse to justify this legislation." I don't think that economic nationalism is necessarily a bad thing, but this is going way too far.

      It's part of an immense recent trend towards secrecy in our federal government. This has been occuring under both Democratic and Republican Administrations. Allowing more and more of our government to take place behind locked doors is truly scary.

      If you're this far, thanks for actually reading this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Poster #7, please give me a break. One word for your lilly white Democrats- especially during the Clinton years-SCANDALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Think about it, who is having a hard time getting into the USA auto market?

      • 8 Years Ago
      anyone ever feel like the government is working for everyone but the public? how in the h does the NHTSA make a move the so obviosly designed to help the auto industry at the expense of... gee i dont know... national highway traffic SAFTY?!

      btw, how can anyone possible blame the democrats for this, you would have to be some sort of brainwashed retarded jellyfish to make a claim like that. the blame for the complete shitstorm that is the federal government falls squarely on those in charge during its stunning and all encompassing decline. ill let you figure out for yourself who that is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who thinks GM and Ford and the UAW are behind this? And when i say behind this, i mean they are basicaly the only ones who presured the government into this.

      Raw deal, folks, raw deal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just wait'll Nancy Pelosi and her lefty minions raise your taxes and all you dumb Democrats won't have the pennies to buy the cars you want 'cuz YOUR money will be transferred via the IRS to slobs and creeps to buy their votes.

      Meanwhile, the limousine liberals (Pelosi, Kennedy, Kerry, and all these other phonies) will continue to drive or be chauffeaured in their SUVs. Do as they say, not as they do.

      Yeah, the Democrats have it right--we'll just tax our way to prosperity!

      And when terrorists strike again, let's make sure that Pelosi negotiates with the terrorists as I'm certain she can skillfuly do. Stuff these people!
      • 8 Years Ago
      IQuack, good point about Dems but most people in these againsies are nominated by Prez, so where there are godless maggots in there mostly the members are Republican nomenies.

      ""The more info--both good and bad--about car safety the better. Informed shoppers are smart shoppers""---how can consumer make an informed desision if government hides the feedback. Also if government will hide data some of those independant quality measurers like Consumer Report, JD Power or whoever else.

      I pay taxes, why is government agains me? I mean first that corporate whore Bush introduses that scam of ethanol, later refuses to increase fuel economy and now hides this.

      I see no other choise but to vote for godless maggosts on Tuesday, but more importantly Bush made the word conservative an insult.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The agency agreed to keep warranty claims and consumer complaints confidential after automakers said releasing the data could harm competition. That led to consumer group Public Citizen suing in March 2004 to get access to the data.
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