On October 17, 2018, Rodney E. Slater, partner and former US Secretary of Transportation, delivered keynote remarks at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)-sponsored Safety Recall Best Practices Summit. Representatives from all of the major automakers, manufacturers of recreational vehicles (RV) and all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) attended the Summit.
In 2015, NHTSA appointed Secretary Slater as Independent Monitor for FCA US, as part of an enforcement settlement for violations of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 (the “Safety Act”).
In his remarks, Secretary Slater focused on the key elements of a successful corporate safety culture and highlighted ways to effectively work with federal administrators in meeting their expectations beyond compliance. The following is a transcript of Secretary Slater’s remarks, which has been edited for clarity.