• Feb 4th 2010 at 6:40PM
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration appears to be busier than ever. Beyond the federal agency's upcoming visit to Congress to explain its actions leading up to the Toyota recalls, it also needs to prepare for 2011 changes to its New Car Assessment Program Five-Star Safety Rating System.

The Detroit News is reporting that a spot of help may be on the way, as President Obama's 2011 budget includes a $4 million budget increase earmarked for 66 new NHTSA employees. Of the proposed 66 new employees, eight would reportedly work on auto recall and safety investigations. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says another $12 million of the $800 million NHTSA budget would go towards beefing up the department's Five Star Rating program, which, oddly enough, goes into the effect for the 2011 model year.

In other, somewhat auto-related 2011 budget news, the proposed Energy Department budget jumps to $325 million, up from $312 million in 2010. The recommended hydrogen fuel cell budget will reportedly drop from $183 million to $137 million, and more of that money will be focused on plug-in electric and battery tech.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well those that will soon be fired from Toyota will need a job soon, guess we know where they may be looking. LoL.. had to say it forgive me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What !@*%! Increase the size of govt. under Obama? Startling!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has anyone ever been to the Post Office lately? Man has that gone to hell in a handbag
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, the current team is not corrupt enough, let's make their jobs easier by giving them more help. I say we just replace everyone or do away with it altogether and let the private sector take care of it. Nothing helps get rid of corruption faster than competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe our worthless congress could pass a law forbidding any NHTSA employee from ever working directly or inddirectly for any Auto maker or Auto supplier under penalty of having to drive a Toyota for the rest of their lives.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We could just replace the inept people... but then who would be left in the government.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I tried to gather some data about the Toyota gas pedal issue, like how many complaints over what period, how many accidents blamed on it, etc. I can't find much of anything on the NHTSA site. Either they need to improve their site, or I'm just not trying hard enough to get juice out of it.