Motor-vehicle fatalities in the US have dropped since the 1970s despite many more car miles each year. That’s a lot of lives saved by NHTSA regulations.
Maybe here’s is a role for government regulations.
The director of the NHTSA is appointed by the president so we elected them by proxy. And many directors seemed to do all they could to thwart the automotive industry. Joan Claybrook comes to mind, my opinion. Another problem with the NHTSA like all other government bureaucracies is their employees, many are activists with their own agenda that doesn't necessarily agree with the current administration so slow walk or even refuse to enact official policy. I just saw a leaked Zoom video meeting of federal bureaucrats bragging among themselves of the power they had to push elected officials around. My guess is some in NHTSA may have been against the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act so slow walked the regulations so it could not be enacted.enactment m