Trump Nominee for NHTSA Chief Heads for Senate Approval

April 03, 2019 at 2:48 PM

Heidi King’s nomination to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is heading for expected confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

King, who has been acting as interim chief of the agency for 18 months, was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in a 14-12 vote along party lines. She was nominated for the top job by President Donald Trump in April 2018.

King’s confirmation had been blocked in the Republican-controlled Senate over concerns about NHTSA’s handling of a complex industrywide recall of some 56 million explosion-prone Takata Inc. airbag inflators.

Safety advocacy groups continue to grumble about what they consider King’s overly pro-industry approach to vehicle safety.