WASHINGTON (March 13)—Some insurance data—but not all—may prove helpful to government officials in conducting auto and tire defect investigations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined. Issuing a report as required by the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act, NHTSA stated in the document that insurance companies´ subrogation data could prove useful to the agency, "because large insurance companies all pursue subrogation against vehicle and equipment manufacturers on at least some occasions when they believe that the manufacturer was responsible for the loss." But most information sent to data clearinghouses wouldn´t be of use, the agency said, because it doesn´t contain the causes of the accidents. Determining which data insurance companies should be required to provide to NHTSA is one of the earliest provisions of the TREAD Act.
Not all insurance data is helpful in defect probes, NHTSA concludes
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