And Now, the Rest of the Story on Keyless Ignition
Posted on Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
For more than two years, The Safety Record had sought to report the results of a 2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keyless ignition compliance investigation that involved seven major automakers, and to have our Freedom of Information Act request to the agency be awarded media status.
It has taken dogged persistence – and a lawsuit – but as 2016 drew to a shuddering close, we got our answers. And now (for those of you old enough to remember Paul Harvey’s famous radio show) the rest of the story: the agency closed the keyless ignition investigation after five months, with no findings of non-compliance. And, in the eyes of U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the D.C. Circuit, The Safety Record is most definitely a legitimate news entity that pursued a legitimate journalistic objective in trying to report to our readers the conclusion of an agency action. (Judge Jackson spared the agency no quarter in her 35-page decision. The Safety Record found it delightful reading.)
Of course, there is much more to the plot, which we will recount in greater detail below.
ELLEN C. LIBERMAN, Plaintiff
v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
Civil Action No. 15-cv-1178 (KBJ)
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