February 9th, 2016

Consumer Group Sues DOT For Failure To Create Searchable Database Of Safety Defects

By Ashlee Kieler
Consumerist

More than three years ago, Congress instructed the Department of Transportation to create a publicly accessible, and easily searchable, website featuring communications between regulators, automakers, dealers, and consumers about safety defects. One safety group says this hasn’t happened, and is suing DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in an effort to make this database a reality.

The Center for Auto Safety filed the lawsuit [PDF] against Foxx last week accusing the Department of Transportation of violating the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.”
The Act, enacted in July 2012, directed the Secretary to make a website that would feature an index that:
• Identifies the make, model, and model year of the affected vehicles
• Includes a concise summary of the subject matter of the communication; and
• Shall be made available by the Secretary to the public on the Internet in a searchable format.
According to the lawsuit, the DOT’s failure to create such a website has “deprived the Center for Auto Safety and its members of important information about motor vehicle safety and defects.”

By filing the lawsuit, CAS seeks to force Foxx to do what the law requires: set up a consumer-friendly, searchable database.

Read more: http://consumerist.com/2016/02/08/consumer-group-sues-dot-for-failure-to-create-searchable-database-of-safety-defects/

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