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Chrysler Sets Up New Vehicle Safety Office


Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler is following in the footsteps of General Motors and setting up a new Vehicle Safety Office, which it says will "intensify" the company's commitment to vehicle safety.
  • Chrysler is moving responsibility for vehicle safety from its global engineering group to a stand-alone organization, the automaker said in a statement on Tuesday.
  • "This action will help intensify the company's continuing commitment to vehicle safety and regulatory compliance," it said.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Chrysler is following in the footsteps of General Motors and setting up a new Vehicle Safety Office, which it says will "intensify" the company's commitment to vehicle safety.

Chrysler is moving responsibility for vehicle safety from its global engineering group to a stand-alone organization, the automaker said in a statement on Tuesday.

"This action will help intensify the company's continuing commitment to vehicle safety and regulatory compliance," it said.

The new office will be led by Chrysler Senior Vice President Scott Kunselman.

Automakers are facing increasing scrutiny for safety issues from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress in a year of record recalls.

General Motors in March announced a new vehicle safety leader charged with identifying and fixing product safety issues. GM has been in the midst of an ongoing recall crisis. So far, the Detroit automaker has announced a record 65 campaigns in 2014. GM North American Operations has recalled 29,076,655 vehicles this year.

Toyota has set up a $50 million Collaborative Safety Research Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan to partner with universities and others on safety improvements in vehicles. The Japanese automaker plans to share advances with competitors across the industry.

Edmunds says: Chrysler's new Vehicle Safety Office is a reassuring move for consumers.

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