NHTSA allegedly sitting on millions of consumer complaints

| 11/22/2006

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is refusing to make public more than 150 million consumer complaints about cars, trucks and SUVs.

According to The Washington Post, members of the U.S. Congress want such information publicized as an early-warning system against safety problems, such as the Firestone tire tread separations in the 1970s that were blamed for more than 40 deaths.

But NHTSA insists public disclosure would cause "substantial competitive harm" among automakers, the Post reported.

According to the Post, most of the unpublicized complaints are warranty claims - but as many as 5 million complaints deal with alleged product malfunctions.