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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., NWSuite 330
Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20009
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • law degree
    Harvard Law School
  • B.S. , Chemical Engineering
    Lehigh University
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Clarence Ditlow, executive ...
www.chicagotribune.com, 28 May 2014 [cached]
Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Center for Auto Safety, said the true number of deaths related to the switch defect could reach into triple digits.
"We identified 303 cases, in just the [GM] Cobalts and [GM's Saturn] Ions, where the airbag did not deploy and a front seat occupant was killed," Ditlow said. "That is the upper end of the universe. The number 13 is the lower end."
Ditlow said his organization, a 1970s creation of consumer advocate Ralph Nader, hired Austin, Texas-based Freidman Research Corp. to study data from the Fatal Analysis Reporting System, which records all automotive auto fatalities in the U.S.
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Freeman searched, Ditlow said, for all non-rear-end collisions where the airbag did not deploy, in a Cobalt or Ion, and where a front seat occupant was killed.
The research concluded that at least 303 fatalities could be associated with the ignition-switch failure, which GM has acknowledged can cause the car's ignition key to move from the "on" to the "accessory" position -- disabling the power brakes, power steering and airbags.
But Ditlow said those search terms would not capture all the possible deaths related to the switch problem.
He cited one Pennsylvania incident in which a woman driving an Ion found the ignition cutting off and the car stalling -- in a flood, in rising water. The car was swept off the road.
"The woman and her infant child were killed," Ditlow said. "And that would not have shown up in the research."
Wildlife Advocacy Project - Who We Are
www.wildlifeadvocacy.org, 25 April 2014 [cached]
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.
Collision Repair Laws | Georgia Collision Industry Association
gcia.org, 19 April 2014 [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.
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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.
Clarence Ditlow, director of ...
www.chicagotribune.com, 1 April 2014 [cached]
Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety, told the Detroit News in March that the $35 million fine amounts to "chump change. Ditlow has a point: GM, whose faulty-ignition switches have led to 2.6 million recalled cars in 2014, reported $3.8 billion in 2013 profits.
"There's no question they have enormous ...
www.jacksonsun.com, 20 Mar 2014 [cached]
"There's no question they have enormous liability potential here," said Clarence Ditlow, head of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Auto Safety, which has raised the specter of more deaths and crashes due to the defect.
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