NHTSA Orders Takata to Answer Questions on Recall

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

U.S. safety regulators are ordering airbag maker Takata to answer questions related to its massive recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent a special order to Takata’s American unit, TK Holdings Inc., that includes 36 questions that must be answered by December 1 along with documents being requested. If Takata fails to comply, it could be fined as much as $35 million as NHTSA seeks more information related to the millions of potentially defective airbags in the U.S.

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Since 2008, 10 automakers that use Takata airbags in their vehicles have recalled over 10-million cars in the U.S. alone and over 17 million worldwide. The multiple recalls have been linked to at least four deaths and numerous serious injuries. As part of the agency’s recent probe, Takata will have to supply documents and answer questions under oath, including a list of every death or injury, lawsuit or claim related to ruptured airbags.

[Source: Automotive News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Craig Cole Craig Cole on Nov 03, 2014

    Things are going from bad to worse for Takata. I wonder what caused all of this trouble, what went wrong in their airbag-inflator design that's failed?