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U.S. Department of Transportation expands and accelerates Takata air bag inflator recall to protect American drivers and passengers

NHTSA action phases in recall of additional 35-40 million inflators through 2019WASHINGTON – The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding and accelerating the recall of Takata air bag inflators. The decision follows the agency’s confirmation of the root cause behind the inflators’ propensity to rupture. Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been tied to ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States.Under...

U.S. DOT Imposes Largest Civil Penalty in NHTSA’s History on Takata for Violating the Motor Vehicle Safety Act; Agency Accelerates Recalls to Get Safe Air Bags into U.S. Vehicles

WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today issued two orders designed to protect the traveling public from defective Takata air bag inflators. The orders impose the largest civil penalty in NHTSA’s history for Takata’s violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and for the first time use NHTSA’s authority to accelerate recall repairs to millions of affected vehicles. The actions also prioritize recalls so the greatest safety risks...

U.S Department of Transportation Announces Steps to Address Takata Air Bag Defects

Takata files defect reports, enters Consent Order; NHTSA to coordinate remedy programWASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that at the Department’s insistence, air bag manufacturer Takata has acknowledged that a defect exists in its air bag inflators. Takata has agreed to a national recall of certain types of driver and passenger side air bag inflators. These inflators were made with a propellant that can degrade over time and has led to ruptures...

U.S Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces Order to Preserve Defective Takata Air Bag Inflators for Ongoing Federal Investigation

 WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued an order requiring Takata to preserve all air bag inflators removed through the recall process as evidence for both NHTSA’s investigation and private litigation cases. The order also ensures NHTSA’s access to all data from the testing of those removed inflators.“This department is focused on protecting the American public from these defective air...