An audit by the U.S. government finds the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation is slow to identify vehicle defects and act on potential problems, partly because it’s too reliant on auto makers’ own information. The audit resulted from the Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Corp. tire controversy, which the government says was not investigated soon enough. The audit recommends alternative sources such as the Office of Defects Investigation’s ...

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