Center for Auto Safety v. NHTSA (I)

Government Transparency - FOIA
Case Description: 

This case challenged claims by automobile manufactures that information that they provided to NHTSA, at NHTSA's request, for the agency to use in developing a new rule on air bag design constituted trade secrets and confidential commercial information. The briefs addressed the interpretation of Exemption 4 of FOIA. The court of appeals held that none of the information was trade secret, but that the information was confidential within the meaning of exemption 4 unless CAS could rebut the manufacturers' claims that they did not customarily dislcose it to the public.