January 12, 2014

The federal government’s top automobile safety regulator is leaving his post and joining a national law firm that represents car manufacturers.

David Strickland, the top official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who announced last month he was resigning, has now added that he is accepting a position at Venable LLP, which counts carmakers among its many clients and represents them before the NHTSA.

Strickland will work in the firm’s regulatory group after running an agency that oversees vehicle safety standards, recalls, fuel economy regulations and other vehicle regulatory issues.

The NHTSA’s administrator since 2010, Strickland’s tenure included overseeing investigations into Toyota’s sudden-acceleration controversy, in which numerous drivers were injured or killed by their cars’ unexpected increase in speed.

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