CAS Statement on Takata Airbag Recall Limited to FL, HI, PR, USVI - 6/25/14

June 25, 2014
202-328-7700

NHTSA & Takata Strike Deadly Deal Behind Closed Doors To Limit Airbag Inflator Recall
       

       "Sitting in air conditioned offices away from the sweltering humidity of Washington streets and away from the eyes of public scrutiny, NHTSA and Takata officials reached one of the strangest recall deals ever seen.  They agreed Takata could limit recall of airbag inflators that explode and send shrapnel into the occupant compartment to Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and U.S. Virgin Islands.  The agreement totally ignores states such as Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and others with notoriously high relative humidities not to mention Washington DC and even Portland Oregon which is higher than Hawaii.  Without explanation, the agreement relies on absolute humidity for which records are scanty and no data are provided by either NHTSA or Takata.  When it comes to a defect so deadly as an airbag inflator that kills like a shrapnel bomb, the public deserves more than a private nod from NHTSA to Takata just like the agency gave GM on the ignition switch defect."


Statement of Clarence Ditlow
Executive Director

 
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NHTSA

NHTSA Statement on Takata Airbag Inflators - 6/23/14

PE14-016 Opening Resume - 6/11/14

Takata Letter to NHTSA ODI - 6/11/14

Takata Letter to NHTSA ODI adding Subaru-Fuji and Mitsubishi - 6/25/14

Manufacturer Campaigns Limited to "Absolute Humidity" States

BMW Conducts "Voluntary Limited Regional Parts Collection Campaign" 14V-348 - 6/19/14

Chrysler Conducts Field Action only in FL, HI, PR, and USVI - 6/20/14

Ford Conducts Field Action only in FL, HI, PR, and USVI - 6/19/14

Mazda Conducts Special Service Program in FL, HI, and PR Only - 6/20/14

Mitsubishi Conducts Field Service Action in FL, HI, PR, and USVI - 7/10/14

Nissan Conducts Field Action only in FL, HI, PR, and USVI - 6/19/14

Subaru Conducts "Regional Parts Collection Campaign in FL, HI, PR, USVI Only - 8/1/14

Toyota Conducts Campaign only in FL, HI, PR, and USVI - 6/19/14

Honda Campaign Covers Additional States with High Humidity
Honda Safety Improvement Campaign 14V-351 Part 573 Defect Notice
Honda Safety Improvement Campaign 14V-353 Part 573 Defect Notice

Statement by American Honda Regarding Front Airbag Inflator Market Actions - 6/23/14

Honda Expands Takata Air Bag Inflator Recall to California (NYTimes) - 7/8/14

BMW Expands Recall to Cover All States

BMW Safety Recall Part 573 Defect Report

NEWS

Does Your Car Have One Of These Dangerous, Shrapnel Spitting Airbags? - 8/7/14

BMW to recall 1.6 million cars worldwide for air bag concerns - 7/16/14

Subaru to Recall Vehicles With Takata Air Bag Inflators - 7/2/14

Faulty Air Bags From Takata Sold to Subaru and Mitsubishi - 6/30/14

NY Times: Now the Air Bags Are Faulty, Too - 6/23/14

NY Times: Toyota Orders Big Recall Tied to Airbag Part - 6/11/14

CAS ACTIONS

"It's Not Hot in Death Valley and It Doesn't Snow Hard In Buffalo" - NHTSA Sings the Blues for Geographic Recall Victims - 2003

U.S. District Court Decision on Geographic Recalls - 9/30/04

CAS Information Page: Don't Be a Geographic Recall Victim - 2003

TOYOTA

Toyota Recall 14V-350 Part 573 Defect Notice - 6/19/14

Toyota Recall 14V-312 Part 573 Defect Notice - 6/10/14
Dealer Notice of Suspension of Recall 13V-133 - 6/10/14

Toyota Recall 13V-133 Part 573 Defect Notice - 4/11/13
Toyota Recall 13V-133 Part 573 Amendment - 5/21/13

Takata Recall 13E-017 Part 573 Defect Notice - 4/11/13