In the wake of a number of serious motor vehicle safety scandals, in 2015 Congress passed and President Obama signed the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act,” which established a Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Program at the Department of Transportation. 

Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Program, any employee or contractor of a motor vehicle manufacturer, part supplier, or dealership may submit information to the government regarding serious violations of federal safety laws.  Serious safety violations may include:

  • Defects that cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle
  • Failure of safety measures such as airbags or brakes
  • Ineffective crash safety mechanisms
  • Spontaneous fires or explosions

In addition, as the motor vehicle industry continues its trend toward self-driving cars and other automated control features, the range of potential safety violations will only increase.   

Whistleblowers whose information results in the government’s collection of over $1 million in monetary sanctions may be eligible for a financial reward equal to 10-30% of the amount recovered.  The Department of Transportation takes all reasonable measures to protect the anonymity of whistleblowers. 

Please contact us directly at, if you believe you’ve witnessed any form of motor vehicle safety fraud.