NHTSA Chief: VW's Cheating Hurts 'Public Confidence' in Industry
Speaking at an event in suburban Detroit, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind said Volkswagen’s admission that they lied about emissions in their diesel cars erodes confidence in automakers.
“They tell you one thing, you question it,” Rosekind said to reporters, according to Automotive News. “You just have to question every assumption when information is provided.”
Recent scandals including VW, hackable cars and airbag defects erode consumer confidence and that more must be done by automakers before cars go on sale, he said.
“Accountability in leadership is literally at the top of the list, and we’ve just got to be out front, acting, talking and doing everything we can to demonstrate that it should be in their genes,” Rosekind said, according to Automotive News.
Rosekind also said that vehicle hacking, like the vulnerability found in hundreds of thousands of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s cars, should be at the forefront for more automakers.
“Autos are the biggest target for everyone to go after,” Rosekind said. “So, basically, they’re on a pedestal now. They’re the Holy Grail. They’re in a garage. They’re accessible.”
Rosekind also hinted at a future where NHTSA is more involved with automakers before cars are released.
“NHTSA is interested in doing more than just policing the auto industry,” he said.