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Trevor Collett | Apr, 14 2015 | 0 Comments

America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on automakers to invest greater focus in managing car safety issues.

The Administration wants manufacturers to be more proactive in identifying defect issues, and more efficient in handling any subsequent recalls.

Last year saw a record number of recalls across the industry, including the Takata airbag fiasco and General Motors’ ‘switchgate’ ignition switch issues - both of which are ongoing.

NHTSA boss Mark Rosekind has proposed a summit for later this year with CEOs from Detroit’s ‘big three’ - Chrysler, GM and Ford.

Bosses from other major mainstream carmakers will also be invited to the summit - if it goes ahead.

'Switchgate': The massive GM recall currently underway
'Switchgate': The massive GM recall currently underway

US Congress has proposed tougher fines and stricter rules governing safety recalls, and NHTSA’s Mark Rosekind told The Detroit News the industry should be “proactive rather than reactive."

"There are other modes of transportation that are much more proactive as opposed to what's going on in the auto industry," Mr Rosekind said, citing the aviation industry.

"What happened last year is a perfect example of what's going on: the fact that people are calling for enforcement, the fact that information is being withheld, people are concerned that the fines aren't high enough to change behaviour. That's not a proactive safety culture."

The proposed meeting would aim to bring carmakers together on the issue of recalls, hearing each of the participant’s current procedures and mapping out the most efficient model for the future.

The NHTSA is also looking to push recall completion rates closer to 100 percent, with current rates sitting around 75 percent.

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