No Sweat — NHTSA & Takata Strike Deadly Deal Behind Closed Doors – Obama Plays Golf

No Sweat — NHTSA & Takata Strike Deadly Deal Behind Closed Doors – Obama Plays Golf

June, 2014

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

In today’s Washington Post, Dana Milbank notes that President Obama on Tuesday evening hosted Tiger Woods and other great golfers in the White House.  “CBS News’s Mark Knoller, the unofficial statistician of presidential activities, reports that Bush played golf only 24 times while in the White House; Obama is up to 177 and now has a round-a-week habit.”

Today we read the following release from Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety.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

NHTSA NHTSA Statement on Takata Airbag Inflators  – 6/23/14 PE14-016 Opening Resume %20Airbag%20PE14016%20Opening%20Resume.pdf  – 6/11/14 Takata Letter to NHTSA ODI %20Letter%20to%20ODI%20-%20Regional%20Recall.pdf  – 6/11/14 Manufacturer Campaigns BMW Conducts “Voluntary Limited Regional Parts Collection Campaign” 14V-348 %20BMW%2014V348%20Part%20573.pdf  – 6/19/14 Chrysler Conducts Field Action only in FL, HI, PR, and USVI %20Chrysler%20Field%20Action.pdf  – 6/20/14 Ford Conducts Field Action only in FL, HI, PR, and USVI %20Ford%20Field%20Action.pdf  – 6/19/14 Mazda Conducts Special Service Program in FL, HI, and PR Only %20Mazda%2014V344.pdf  – 6/20/14 Nissan Conducts Field Action only in FL, HI, PR, and USVI %20Nissan%2014V340.pdf  – 6/19/14 Toyota Conducts Campaign only in FL, HI, PR, and USVI %20Takata%20Airbag%20Recall%2014V-350.pdf  – 6/19/14 Honda Campaign Rightly Covers Additional Absolute Humidity States Honda Safety Improvement Campaign 14V-351 Part 573 Defect Notice %20Honda%2014V351%20Part%20573.pdf Honda Safety Improvement Campaign 14V-353 Part 573 Defect Notice %20Honda%2014V353%20Part%20573.pdf Statement by American Honda Regarding Front Airbag Inflator Market Actions  – 6/23/14 NEWS NY Times: Now the Air Bags Are Faulty, Too nd-mazda-join-recall-over-faulty-air-bags.html  – 6/23/14 NY Times: Toyota Orders Big Recall Tied to Airbag Part n-vehicles-for-air-bag-problem.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw% 2C%5B%22RI%3A5%22%2C%22RI%3A16%22%5D  – 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 ard-buffalo  – 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 %20Takata%20Airbag%20Recall%2014V-350.pdf  – 6/19/14 Toyota Recall 14V-312 Part 573 Defect Notice %20Airbag%2014V312%20Part%20573.pdf  – 6/10/14 Dealer Notice of Suspension of Recall 13V-133 %20Airbag%2014V312%20Suspension%20of%2013V133.pdf

What are Americans to conclude from this?  Should Americans conclude as I have been saying for all the years of Obama’s presidency that NHTSA is a captive agency?

Or since more Americans have died of crash injuries since President Obama took office (and playing 177 rounds of golf), than died in the Afghanistan, Iraq, Viet Nam, and Korean wars combined should we conclude something else?
Either President Obama does not care (despite the fact that his biological father died of crash injuries), or he is a puppet of auto industry lobbyists who pull the strings.
How many more tragedies do Americans have to experience before we can make our elected officials care?


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