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NHTSA Boss David Strickland Steps Down

David Strickland, the main man behind the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), America’s top auto safety regulator, is expected to leave the agency within the next two months.
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According to Detroit News, Strickland told senior NHTSA staff on Wednesday that he plans to step down as chief of the agency that handles US vehicle safety standards and recalls among other vehicle regulatory issues.

Strickland’s successor is unknown at the time of writing, but David Friedman, NHTSA’s deputy director will be acting administrator until a new leader is appointed. Sources claim Friedman will eventually become the agency’s next administrator.

During his time in office, 45-year-old Strickland oversaw Toyota’s unintended acceleration case, helped with the 2025 CAFE fuel economy regulations and finalized many key regulations to automakers. Strickland joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in January 2010.

Story via DetroitNews
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