US Car Watchdog Shows Its Bite After Safety Crisis

Long criticized as toothless and slow, the US car safety watchdog is showing both bark and bite under its new boss.
Mark Rosekind became head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in January.
He has wasted no time in forcing companies into recalling millions of defective vehicles. In doing so, he has shown greater willingness than some of his predecessors to use the government’s full legal powers over the industry.
In the past week alone, the agency announced the biggest recall in history, involving nearly 34 million vehicles with potentially deadly Takata Corp air bags. It also scheduled a rare public hearing to review Fiat Chrysler recalls involving 10 million vehicles and warned of potential multiple penalties that could total $700 million.