NHTSA Seeks Auto Industry Whistleblowers

By Staff Writer June 17, 2021


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a new website to make it easier for any employee or contractor of a motor vehicle manufacturer, part supplier, or dealership to provide whistleblower information to the agency. 

NHTSA hopes to make this program easier to access in recognition of the important role whistleblowers can play in enhancing the safety of the nation’s roadways. 

“Safety is the top priority for NHTSA and the entire U.S. Department of Transportation,” said Steven Cliff, NHTSA’s acting administrator. “Whistleblowers play a critical role in safeguarding our nation’s roadways, and we will do everything in our power to protect them.”

The agency is currently working on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to formalize its whistleblower program. However, potential whistleblowers need not wait for the NPRM and can already provide information to the agency. Whistleblowers have legal protection from retaliation and may receive a monetary award. 

NHTSA welcomes information from whistleblowers on a wide variety of topics, including potential vehicle safety defects, noncompliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and violations of the Vehicle Safety Act. That information can lead to formal actions including investigations, recalls, or a civil penalty enforcement action. 

The amount of that award to a whistleblower is between 10% and 30% of collected monetary sanctions over $1 million.

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