Who Oversees the Takata Airbag Recall?

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May 9, 2017
Colson Hicks Eidson

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) oversees the Takata airbag recall. However, as attorney Curt Miner explains in this video, there are limits to what the NHTSA can accomplish. Therefore, when dealing with a situation as large as the Takata recall, it can be difficult for the NHTSA to carry out the recall as quickly as necessary. As a result, defective vehicles are remaining out on the road much longer than they should, which can lead to more defect-related auto accidents, injuries and deaths.

Video Transcription:

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. NHTSA. And it’s tasked with a job of overseeing safety and enforcing safety regulations in the automotive industry, but it’s a massive industry and it’s a government agency. They have limited resources, limited time, limited things they can do. And while they do their best, they don’t catch everything. Additional accidents in which there have been airbag ruptures are occurring, and because there are so many of these airbags on the roads and so many cars having these, and it’s taken so long to carry out this recall, it’s likely unfortunate that there will continue to be injuries. An airbag is supposed to cushion the impact if you are hit in certain directions in your car. Airbags can sometimes cause things like bruises. They come out hot. They can even cause a bit of burning or irritation. But the types of injuries that are being seen are lacerations. Pieces of shrapnel breaking free from the canister and embedding in the person. Cutting them, their necks, their faces, breaking their facial bones, and in some cases even causing skull fractures. These are not the types of injuries that a properly functioning airbag would ever cause. Some of our clients in this case have told us that the number one reason that they wanted to participate in this case, and the number one goal they have is to make sure that something like this never happens again. And I couldn’t have put it better. That’s exactly what we hope comes of this case, that something like this never happens again. For more information, Call Colson Hicks Eidson 305-476-7400 visit our website, Colson.com.