WASHINGTON - A leading Washington voice on automotive safety issues is retiring.
George Parker, vice president for engineering affairs at the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, will leave Jan. 29. He came to AIAM in 1995 after 27 years at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 'Basically, I want to play,' said Parker, 59. 'A lot of things just came together personally. It's the right time to go.'
He said his departure should not be interpreted as a sign he is concerned about the future of AIAM now that six of its members have joined the new Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers with the former Big 3.
At NHTSA, Parker oversaw, in succession, crash avoidance, defect investigations and enforcement before becoming associate administrator for research and development.