Having successfully completed a mandated three-year period of NHTSA oversight as a result of the ignition switch recall fiasco, General Motors is now working with the agency to transition to a voluntary model to continue dialogue on important vehicle safety issues.
GM has stated that in the three years that it was required to collaborate with NHTSA, the automaker “has built a positive and productive relationship” with the agency. GM’s proposal for a continuing dialogue includes regularly scheduled monthly meetings with senior agency officials, with expedited discussions as needed, covering field investigations, safety recalls and other issues. GM is also proposing periodic meetings with NHTSA and other stakeholders to advance safety discussions that benefit the industry as a whole.
“GM’s goal is to bolster lessons learned and to continue a cooperative relationship between GM and NHTSA to help further advance motor vehicle safety,” Jeff Boyer, GM vice president for Global Vehicle Safety. “In the spirit of continuous improvement, we will constantly evolve this approach to help keep the safety of our customers at the center of everything we do.”