WASHINGTON (July 18, 2008) — Several media sources are reporting that Nicole Nason, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is resigning.
Nason, 37, has been the Bush administration's chief motor vehicle safety regulator since May 2006.
Nason declined an interview request from Automotive News, a sister publication of Rubber & Plastics News. She told Automotive News in September that she planned to serve until the Bush presidency ends in January 2009.
But the Associated Press reported that she told colleagues she is leaving next month. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press also reported the story on their Web sites.
The agency has had a long agenda — but major parts of it were dictated by Congress, including a requirement that auto makers increase fuel economy by more than 3 percent a year over the coming decade.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, representing the Detroit Big Three auto makers, Toyota and six other auto makers, issued a statement today crediting Nason with “involving all stakeholders in proactively working on critical safety issues.”