WASHINGTON (Nov. 15)—"A new day has dawned" at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because of the Firestone recall, according to Sue Bailey, NHTSA administrator since August. The recall of 6.5 million tires spurred passage of the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability and Documentation Act, which among other things requires a rewrite of current tire safety standards and establishment of a rule mandating dashboard tire pressure sensors. Bailey said the reporting requirements under the TREAD Act will make defect investigations much easier and earlier than before. She praised Bridgestone/Firestone and its CEO, John Lampe, for "a phenomenal effort on their part" in replacing the recalled tires. Rewriting tire safety rules will not be unduly difficult because the new standard isn´t due till June 2002 and NHTSA and the tire industry have already done much of the work, she said.
NHTSA administrator sees benefit from recall crisis
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