WASHINGTON –White House scrutiny could further delay release of the agency’s new vehicle-safety scoring system, a high-ranking National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. official says. Ron Medford, senior associate administrator-vehicle safety at NHTSA, also tells the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Government/Industry annual conference here that a downsizing of vehicles to meet new federal fuel-economy standards will increase the need for crashworthiness technology and that the agency will ...

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