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Mr. Clarence M. Ditlow III

Executive Director

Center for Auto Safety

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Center for Auto Safety

1825 Connecticut Ave NW #330

Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20009

United States

Company Description

Consumers Union and Ralph Nader founded the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) in 1970 to provide consumers a voice for auto safety and quality in Washington and to help lemon owners fight back across the country. CAS has a small budget but a big impact on the ... more

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Chemical Engineering

Lehigh University


Georgetown University Law Center


chemical engineering

Georgetown University Law Center

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Our board of directors [cached]

Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety Legal committee chair

Clarence is the author of The Lemon Book and The Safe Road to Fuel Economy, and numerous publications on auto safety, air pollution and transportation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Consumers Union, the Canadian Automobile Protection Association and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. He is a past recipient of the Washington, D.C. Consumer Lawyer of the Year Award and Syracuse University's Salzberg Medallion. Clarence received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Clarence currently serves as the legal committee chair for the board of directors.

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Clarence M. Ditlow - Board of Directors

Mr. Ditlow is the Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, founded by Consumers Union and Ralph Nader, and he is one of the country's leading public interest advocates. He holds a degree in chemical engineering, a masters in law from Harvard Law School, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He directs the Center for Auto Safety in improving auto safety, reliability and efficiency, his organization has played a major role in initiating numerous recalls of defective automobiles and parts over the years. Mr. Ditlow also led efforts to have "lemon laws" enacted in all 50 states to afford consumers effective redress for defective cars. He has testified over 50 times before Congressional Committees on a variety of issues, including auto safety and warranties, air pollution, consumer protection, fuel economy, energy conservation, patents and inventions, and he was the leading consumer advocate involved in the passage of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the fuel economy provisions of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. He is the author of numerous publications on consumers, auto safety, air pollution and transportation, and is frequently quoted in the press on these and other related subjects. Mr. Ditlow is also on the Boards of Directors for Friends of the Earth, and Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety.

GM's Delayed Ignition Switch Recall, Who's To Blame? [cached]

In fact, according to Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety:

March 13, 2014: Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, writes a letter the acting NHTSA administrator criticizing the agency for not detecting a trend in airbag failures.

Clarence Ditlow. Once ... [cached]

Clarence Ditlow. Once described by the New York Times as "the splinter the [auto] industry cannot remove from its thumb" Clarence Ditlow is an engineer, lawyer and the Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety. He has been responsible for car companies initiating millions of lifesaving recalls, and was instrumental in the passage of "lemon laws" in all 50 states, which compensate consumers for defective automobiles

Collision Repair Laws | Georgia Collision Industry Association [cached]

But safety advocate Clarence Ditlow, executive director for the Center for Auto Safety, disagrees.

"Once counterfeit is detected, the original repair shop has to bear the cost of replacing the counterfeit," Ditlow said in an e-mail to Automotive News today.
Another such law exists in Rhode Island, and more states will pass similar laws in the future, Ditlow said.
Dealerships that did not install the faulty airbag are not required to pay for inspection or repair. But Ditlow's organization believes it would be good business for dealerships to do airbag inspections for free, even if it was installed elsewhere - the way some stores inspect child seats for proper installation.
A diagnostic scan should detect most counterfeit airbags, but it may not detect all of them, so to be sure, the service operation should also do physical inspections, Ditlow said.
Most airbag replacements are covered by insurers, he said.
"Airbags save several thousands of lives annually, but they can't save lives if they have not been repaired properly," Ditlow said in his e-mail.

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