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Feds Put Hammer Down on Takata over Deadly Airbags

NHTSA orders supplier to issue national recall or face fines.

by on Nov.26, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today ordered Takata to expand its airbag recall to a national action.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials today made good on their earlier threat to force Takata Corp. to issue a national recall of all vehicles in the U.S. equipped with its potentially deadly airbags or face that will quickly escalate into the millions of dollars.

In a letter to Takata officials, the agency told the supplier it had until Dec. 2 to comply with its demand or it face a fine of $7,000 per vehicle per day. Takata hasn’t issued a response to the letter.

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“NHTSA is issuing this recall request letter to notify you that the agency has tentatively concluded that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists on a national basis in the subject driver’s side air bag inflators, and to demand that Takata recall the inflators,” Frank Borris, who heads NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation, wrote in the letter to Takata. (more…)

Takata Claims No Need for National Recall Despite Rising Death Toll

Supplier ducks responsibility during Congressional hearing.

by on Nov.20, 2014

Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata's senior vice president of quality assurance, said the company doesn't think a national recall of its airbag inflators is needed despite evidence to the contrary.

Takata Corp. executives during a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing today said there is no need to expand its recall of 7.8 million vehicles with faulty airbag inflators from a regional action to a national effort, despite a rising number of deaths and injuries due to the airbags.

Prior to the hearing, two senators, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), offered evidence that the airbag explosions can happen outside the regional recall area, suggesting that a woman was killed by the airbag in 2004 in Arizona while driving one of the affected vehicles. Arizona is not one of the states in the regional recall.

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After being roundly criticized by politicians and safety groups for its past handling of recalls as well as mounting evidence – including an investigative piece by TheDetroitBureau.com – that regional recalls are ineffective due to the transient nature of vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acquiesced and recommended Takata and the 10 automakers involved expand the recall to national status. (more…)