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Takata Airbag Recall Hearing Leads to Harsh NHTSA Criticism

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) was the recipient of heavy criticism during a Takata airbag recall hearing on Tuesday.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held the formal hearing to deiscuss the recall of defective airbags manufactured by Takata, but according to media reports, the conversation was often directed to perceived missteps and mistakes on the part of the NHTSA. According to CBS Evening News, the NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind even noted the agency was “hit with a scathing report Monday saying the agency routinely misses major safety problems in American cars.”

What Does the NHTSA Do?

For the uninitiated, the NHTSA is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Their self-described mission is to “save lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle-related crashes.” Part of how they accomplish this is by ensuring vehicles on our roadways are safe. Hearing they routinely miss major safety problems in our cars should be terrifying (see the GM ignition recall and the injuries and lives lost due to that mistake.)

According to lawmakers at the recent hearing, the NHTSA failed in this capacity when they were slow to investigate early reports of dangerous, exploding Takata airbags.

Takata’s Responsibility for Injuries and Death

Issues and failures by the NHTSA aside, Takata is ultimately responsible for the damage, personal injuries and wrongful death caused by their defective airbags. Much like the GM ignition recall, Takata is being pushed to create a fund to compensate victims.

If you or a loved one were affected by a Takata airbag defect, we urge you to call 972-774-9800 for your free case consultation. Don’t miss your chance to hold Takata responsible for putting our lives at risk. With the current issues plaguing the NHTSA, it may be the only way we ensure manufacturers are held accountable.