Expressing concerns over recent vehicle defects that have resulted in massive auto recalls, representatives of a number of consumer advocacy organizations have called on the president to carefully select the next administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The October 29, 2014, letter states, in part, “It is clear that NHTSA’s identification and response to deadly vehicle safety defects have been inadequate and ineffective. Unfortunately, the public’s confidence in the Agency’s ability to assure their safety is waning.” The groups ask the president “to nominate an individual who will be a strong leader, an effective regulator, and a committed champion of consumer protection, public safety and government transparency.” Among those signing the letter were representatives of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety,, Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, and Consumer Federation of America.