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Audit Initiated of NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation

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Based on questions and concerns expressed by a number of Members of Congress and congressional committees regarding Toyota's recent safety recalls, the Office of Inspector General is initiating an audit of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI). Our work will examine the actions taken by NHTSA in regards to the recent Toyota recalls as well as the overall process for identifying and investigating safety defects. We will coordinate our work with NHTSA's ongoing investigations of Toyota.

Our audit objectives are to (1) examine NHTSA's efforts to ensure that ODI has the appropriate information systems and processes in place to promptly identify and take action to address potential safety defects as intended by the TREAD Act; (2) assess NHTSA's procedures and processes for ensuring that companies provide timely notification of potential safety defects; and (3) examine the lessons learned from the Toyota recalls to identify any improvement needed in current policies and procedures.