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Profile: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was a participant or observer in the following events:

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) raises the fuel economy standard to a 22.2-mpg fleet average—an increase of only 1.5 miles per gallon—to take effect over the next three years. (US Department of Transportation 4/1/2003) But loopholes in the regulations will result in a mere overall net increase of .3 miles per gallon. Though the administration cites the new standard as evidence of its commitment to improving air quality, critics note the negligible effect the increase will have and say that it represents only what the automobile industry was intending to do anyway. The auto industry has long complained that increasing fuel economy standards is too expensive and would negatively affect vehicle safety—assertions disputed by the National Academies of Science. (Hebert 4/1/2003; Alliance to Save Energy 4/1/2003; Union of Concerned Scientists 8/10/2005)


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