The primary purpose for equipping vehicles with airbags is to offer protection to all passengers in the vehicle if there is an accident. However, in recent years, it has been discovered that some airbag systems are flawed, to the point that they may actually increase harm to vehicle occupants. The airbags systems causing the most…
With two major recalls sweeping the nation very recently, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has come under close scrutiny. The GM ignition switches and Takata airbags that spurred the recall of millions of vehicles cost the lives of dozens of people, leading officials to examine why these issues were overlooked for so long. Evidence suggests that the NHTSA was aware of the GM defect as early as 2007, but failed to take decisive action.
In 2014, Honda has initiated a massive recall of vehicles, centered around the dangers of airbags manufactured by Takata. This month, the company added about 3 million more cars to the existing list vehicles included. This addition stems from Honda expanding the previously regional recall to the entire country.
According to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, a company that knows an automotive item contains a potentially hazardous defect, or reasonably should know, they must report this to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) within 5 days. If this duty is neglected, they can face serious civil penalties.