Senators demand the U.S. Department of Transportation to implement whistleblower program previously mandated in 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has failed to publish rules implementing a Congressionally-mandated auto safety whistleblower program.  Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg demanding that the DOT immediately implement the whistleblower program.

“Over the past few years, we have observed increasingly devastating and tragic motor vehicle safety defects, which could have been prevented if the auto manufacturers did not ignore substantial safety concerns that originated during the manufacturing process,” wrote Senators Blumenthal and Markey, members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

The Senators’ press release about the letter notes that “[w]histleblowers have played a key role in revealing several recent major auto safety defects posing high risks to consumer safety, including 69 million faulty Takata airbags, 4 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles with engine failure and fire risks, and half a million Volkswagen vehicles with technology to cheat emissions tests.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has failed to publish rules implementing a Congressionally-mandated auto safety whistleblower program.

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