Automotive safety is the primary mission of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In recent decades, however, NHTSA’s mission has increasingly become distorted by political correctness and environmental agendas. For example, the agency has focused on the alleged safety hazards of sport utility vehicles while paying little attention to the safety risks of subcompact cars. Moreover, NHTSA has moved to mandate safety features that are already becoming widely adopted due to consumer demand, such as electronic stability control systems. Such mandates end up limiting design flexibility and constitute little more than an exercise of regulatory muscle.