WASHINGTON -- David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is leaving the agency.
Strickland, 45, has been the United States’ top auto safety regulator since early 2010. He was a major player in the federal investigation into unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles and in negotiating new fuel economy standards with the auto industry. An agency spokesman confirmed the move today.
No one has yet been nominated to permanently fill the position, but the acting administrator will be Strickland’s current second-in-command, David Friedman, a fuel economy expert who worked at the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists before joining NHTSA earlier this year.