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February 24th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Broken Government: How to fix NHTSA?

Toyota executives aren't the only ones taking heat over the safety of their cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also under fire.

The agency is supposed to investigate potential safety defects, but many say it's just another example of our broken government – overworked and underfunded.

We were joined on Wednesday's American Morning by Allan Kam, who was once senior enforcement attorney for the NHTSA. He retired in 2000 and is now director of Highway Traffic Safety Associates.

Filed under: Broken Government • Transportation
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  1. Ruth Morelli

    I liked the interview with Allan Kam. I thought the interviewer had excellent questions. I thought Mr. Kam was very thoughtful, and tactfully responded to all questions. I appreciate the presentation of current topics with in depth reporting. Keep up the good work.

    February 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  2. Wally J Greenville, TX

    Our form of government is not broken it is still the best form of government in the world. What is broken is those who are governing? Both Congress and those in the White House, now and over the last 20 years are responsible for where our country is today. They are arrogant, greedy, irresponsible and foolish leaders, regardless of their party affiliation,
    They have forgotten that they are to be servants of all the American people not servants to a political party, lobbyist, big business, unions, lawyers, and any other closed door interest.
    The voice of all Americans is to be heard, taken seriously and not to be dismissed for any reason.
    It is time that those governing start handling the financial responsiblity of our country supported by all working Americans tax resources and our present debt as they should their own personal or business finances. No ethical financial planner would suggest to their client handle their financial resources in the same manner as does our government. They would advise to cut spending, pay down their debt and save all they can and until the debt is paid off not to increase spending. Our governing body should be held to the same principles.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  3. John Grzibowski

    All this hullaballo about toyota and a couple hundred problems out of 30million cars sold. Sure it is a problem to be fixed. It sounds more like a 'pick on foreign cars to promote american cars'. If the NHTSA wanted to really save lives on the highways it would require a chip placed in cars that wouldn't allow them to go over 69 mph. Look at speeding data and deaths involved. For the costs of the senate hearings most cars could have inhibitor chips installed and save tens of thousands of lives and save on insurance and health costs. It is illegal to drive over 65 mph in most states. In Japan inhibitor chips are installed and adjust to different highway speeds using GPS. Why dosen't the senate demand that?

    February 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm |