Recently, Takata airbags came under further scrutiny when lawsuits were filed against automakers claiming they were aware of the issue and claimed that they misrepresented the safety of their vehicles. The recall efforts aren’t going so well either. Estimates indicate that about only half of the vehicles affected have been repaired. Now. Legislators are scheduling a hearing to come to an understanding on how the recall and repair efforts are going. Auto News reports on the hearing.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that only just over half of the estimated 40 million faulty airbags have been repaired. The airbags, which explode with deadly force, have been responsible for 22 deaths worldwide.
Ford Motor Company recently recalled about 33,000 older Ranger model pickup trucks after a second death related to the airbags. The other 20 deaths have been in Honda vehicles.
Now, U.S. Senators are going to convene a special hearing to learn about the status of recall efforts. Some lawmakers say that the recall process is taking too long.
Last June, Takata reported that it expected to recall 125 million vehicles worldwide. Approximately 60 million of those vehicles are located in the United States.
In 2017, the company pleaded guilty to a count of wire fraud and was ordered to pay a $1 billion settlement in a Justice Department investigation. Since then the company has declared bankruptcy and is selling its non-airbag interests to Key Safety Systems.
The hearing will, hopes Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla, give the committee a real plan to “improve the still woeful recall completion rates.”
The hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 20 and will be held by the Senate Subcommittee that oversees the NHTSA.
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