Ray LaHood
Automakers stay cozy in U.S. capital
Automakers stay cozy in U.S. capital

Nothing seemed to underscore the revolving door between federal regulators and the companies they regulate as vividly as the two milestones marked on Jan. 17 at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One was NHTSA's announcement that it was closing its contentious investigation of fuel tank fires in Chrysler Corp. SUVs, including its Jeep Grand Cherokees. The agency accepted the automaker's remedy of installing trailer hitches in more than 1.5 million vehicles to protect the tanks from rupture in rear-end collisions. That's a solution that some safety advocates think may make the cars even more dangerous. The other milestone was that it was the last day at work for David...