WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration today reissued rules governing how much early-warning safety information from automakers and some suppliers must be made public.
Joan Claybrook, president of the consumer group Public Citizen, said the revised rules still keep too much information under wraps. The Bush administration is addicted to secrecy, she said.
A 2000 law, passed in the wake of Firestone tire failures and Ford vehicle rollover crashes, requires the industry to give government raw internal information that could provide clues about potential safety defects.
Public Citizen challenged rules for carrying out the law. A court ordered the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reissue the rules, but Claybrook says they are still faulty.
Automakers had argued that too much openness would mislead the public about vehicle safety, reveal trade secrets and invite more lawsuits.