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Mr. Clarence M. Ditlow

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Executive Director

Local Address: Washington, United States
Center for Auto Safety
1825 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 330
Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20009
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • law degree
    Harvard Law School
  • B.S. , Chemical Engineering
    Lehigh University
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More people could be killed due ..., 31 Oct 2014 [cached]
More people could be killed due to disabled airbags than by the defective airbags, said the Center for Auto Safety's executive director Clarence Ditlow.
"You save more lives by leaving the airbags in place than you would lose lives by the airbag exploding," Ditlow said. Even if a driver is wearing a seatbelt, he said, airbags can provide life-saving protection in a crash.
GM "should have recalled" the ..., 13 June 2014 [cached]
GM "should have recalled" the Camaro earlier, said Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety, a Washington-based watchdog group. "GM said it's not the same problem, but it's a first cousin," Ditlow said.
"These are a ticking time bomb," ..., 20 Oct 2014 [cached]
"These are a ticking time bomb," said Clarence Ditlow, the head of the Center for Auto Safety.
"You can't trust the auto manufacturers, and NHTSA has to step up its enforcement effort ," said Ditlow.
An internal NHTSA report from four years ago obtained by the Cox Washington Bureau revealed NHTSA closed an investigation into problems with the Takata air bags.
The report indicates NHTSA relied on the company itself to investigate the flaws in the air bags and issued a limited recall of some Honda cars.
"They closed the investigation prematurely and they had a huge opportunity right then and there to get all the defective vehicles recalled and they didn't," said Ditlow.
Clarence Ditlow, executive ..., 21 Oct 2014 [cached]
Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, estimated there are 20 million to 25 million cars in the U.S. alone that are equipped with the faulty air bags.
The investigation continues and the recall could be expanded to more areas, Hanson said.

Toyota says it knows of no crashes or injuries from the cars it has recalled.

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, estimated there are 20 million to 25 million cars in the U.S. alone that are equipped with the faulty air bags.

Toyota said repairs will be done for free and notices will go into the mail starting around Oct. 25, according to documents.

Our board of directors, 20 July 2014 [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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