Trump to Tap No. 2 Official Heidi King to Run US Auto-Safety Agency

(From Reuters)

The White House said late Thursday that President Donald Trump intends to nominate a top auto-safety agency official to run the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as regulators debate reducing planned fuel efficiency increases through 2025.

Heidi King, who was named deputy administrator in September, is slated to run the agency known as NHTSA that oversees auto safety and fuel efficiency rules.

King must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before she can assume the position and will face questions on the agency’s approach to overseeing self-driving cars, the massive Takata recall and the agency’s lagging pace of completing some regulations required by Congress.

The biggest issue may be the agency’s plans to soften planned automaker fuel efficiency increases that have been met with furious resistance from environmentalists and many Democrats.

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