Today, U.S. regulators, including officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are taking heat for a fuel-economy proposal that some policymakers say will result in more accident-related deaths.
Those policymakers argue that in an effort to hit 54.5 mpg, automakers might either lose focus on safety technologies, or sacrifice overall safety to keep vehicle weight in check. NHTSA administrator David Strickland asserts automaker's wouldn't sacrifice even a bit of safety due to need for vehicles to meet the U.S.' required crash test standards. In a written testimony, Strickland said:
The regulators testified before a panel overseen by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA, pictured), who has long been leading the charge against various aspects of the Obama Administration. He previously launched an investigation into the Solyndra situation titled, "How Obama's Green-Energy Agenda is Killing Jobs."We absolutely will not require any manufacturer to do anything that would have a negative effect on safety.