Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Ed Markey’s Statements
Even with the reduced numbers in the Takata Airbag recall, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has responded to reports of even more deadly frontal airbag malfunctions, and is beginning an investigation that could increase the numbers of recalls.
The new investigation includes a wider range of air bag types including side-impact restraints. A May recall was ordered after a side impact air bag failed during routine testing by Takata. The latest cases involve new or nearly new vehicles. Two U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey are calling for the recall of all vehicles using Takata air bags.
“I am astonished and deeply disappointed by Takata’s refusal to establish a victim’s compensation fund – even after 100 injuries and eight deaths attributed to its defective airbags, numbers almost certain to rise. Takata is apparently unwilling to acknowledge its responsibility for these tragic deaths and injuries, or do justice for victims and their loved ones. I will press Takata to reconsider this callous misjudgment, and do right by the innocent victims of its harm”
Blumenthal introduced the Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act, which would make it a violation of federal law, enforceable by NHTSA, for car dealers to fail to get any outstanding safety recalls repaired before selling or leasing a used car. If this act passes, it could put a lot of pressure on used car dealers to pressure Takata and all the manufacturers using those air bags.
“immediately make public all data related to the testing of its air bags so that it can be reviewed by independant experts.”