The Airbag “Mess” That Harms Us
NHTSA agrees that movement on the Takata case took too long and that’s why it included deadlines for action in its consent order with the company, Trowbridge said. For example, manufacturers in states with high humidity, which has been linked to the air bag failures, must have enough parts on hand by March to complete all repairs, he said.
“We’ve got kind of a mess on our hands here and everybody acknowledges this,” he said. “This is not going to get done fast enough to satisfy us or, frankly, we think the manufactures that are involved.”
Law changes that would make recall completion rates higher have consistently been fought by the industry, Ditlow said.
A measure contained in transportation legislation earlier this year would have required used car dealers to perform all outstanding recalls before selling vehicles. It was taken out of the bill before it passed.” See