Nader Writes to Attorney General Lynch on Takata and VW Deaths and Injuries
Nader quoted Clarence Ditlow as follows:
“Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch:
News outlets are reporting that you are about to settle the criminal case with Takata airbag defect case for nearly $1 billion and the Volkswagen emissions cheating case for nearly $2 billion.
On the VW case, the New York Times reported that “the company or one of its corporate entities is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges as part of the deal.”
On the Takata case, the New York Times reported that “one point that remains unresolved is whether there will be any guilty plea to criminal misconduct, either by the company or one of its subsidiaries.”
Takata’s defective airbags have been linked to at least 11 deaths and more than 180 injuries in the United States.
As you know, Clarence Ditlow, an engineer and lawyer who headed the Center for Auto Safety for many decades, passed away last year.
In early 2016, Mr. Ditlow appeared on my weekly radio program – The Ralph Nader Radio Hour – and called for criminal charges to be brought against Takata and VW and its executives.
Ditlow called the Volkswagen diesel case one of the most egregious corporate crime cases in history.” See
Ditlow was right then and Nader is right now.