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15 Senior Auto Manufacturer Executives Meet with U.S. Transportation Secretary to Discuss Improving Auto Safety

What steps are being taken to improve auto safety after massive recalls and deaths?

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently met with 15 automaker senior executives in order to discuss ways to improve auto safety. This meeting was organized after several major auto defects not only occurred, but remained unattended to for long periods of time, eroding public confidence in both automobile safety and government oversight.

Both safety and cybersecurity initiatives were discussed, although no information regarding the cybersecurity initiates was disclosed. The DOT Press Secretary, Namrata Kolachalam, said that the meeting had been “very productive” and that the same group would meet again in January to evaluate progress. Among the attendees were senior executives from BMW, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Mitsubishi and Tesla Motors.

The meeting comes on the heels of the recent auto defect crises involving the General Motors ignition switch and the Takata airbags. The failure to detect these serious defects resulted in major recalls and decreased consumer confidence. Much worse, together they resulted in the loss of more than 100 innocent lives.

Results of the Meeting

According to a General Motors spokesperson, the meeting was “productive,’ and “in the best interest of overall vehicle safety.” Most participants reported that they were looking forward to “continuing the dialogue.” The auto executives who attended the meeting were encouraged to work more closely with the government on tackling safety issues and recalling defective cars more quickly and efficiently. They were also encouraged to bring new ideas and questions to the table at subsequent meetings.

Secretary Foxx said that this meeting was evidence of the automobile industry’s ongoing “commitment to safety.” If you are involved with an incident involving an auto defect or recall, be sure to contact an experience “Lemon Law” attorney to assist you in obtaining justice.

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