The Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General said on Tuesday it would audit oversight of U.

S. vehicle safety standards, noting that more than 36,000 Americans were killed in traffic accidents in 2019.

The inspector general's office said it was launching a review of NHTSA's efforts to set and enforce Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

"Given the importance to the traveling public that all new vehicles and components meet federal safety standards, we are initiating a review of NHTSA’s FMVSS process," the inspector general's office wrote.

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Inspector General To Audit Vehicle Safety Standards After NHTSA Fails Mission To Protect The Public

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