Is GM's $35 Million Fine The Wrong Focus For The NHTSA?

I can't help but feel that the massive concentration on GM's bungled recall and the ensuing $35m fine is the wrong focus for the NHTSA.

At the end of the day, we're dealing with a handful of deaths linked to a poorly designed ignition switch.

Pardon me for being crass, but that death toll is minute compared to the number of people who die because they weren't wearing their seatbelt, because they were drunk, because they were driving on poorly-designed old roads.

I'd like to see less focus on very emotional but not-very-dangerous recalls and more focus on improving road design, combating drunk/unbelted driving, and mandating more intelligent safety regulations.

What do you think - are recalls the wrong direction for the NHTSA?

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