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Venable partner David L. Strickland was quoted in a May 24, 2015 Reuters article discussing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and their willingness to use the government's full legal powers over the auto industry to force reluctant companies into recalling millions of defective vehicles. David Strickland, the last permanent NHTSA Administrator who served between 2010 and 2013, told Reuters that Mark Rosekind, who took the NHTSA helm in January, was looking for new levers to bring change, just as past agency chiefs did.

"I used tools that were uncommon when I was Administrator," said Strickland, who pointed to $49 million in civil penalties he levied against Toyota Motor Corp. Up to then, he said, the regulator's biggest ever fine had totaled only $1 million.