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Top Takata Executive faces Intense Scrutiny at Senate Hearing

Morgan Cain1 year ago

Senate hearings have begun taking place for the Takata airbag recall. Currently, nearly 34 million airbags have been recalled, making it the largest recall in United States history.

About the Takata Senate Hearing

Takata airbags have been recalled due to the fact they can explode with so much force that it sends metal shards into cars, and they have consequently been linked to the deaths of eight people.

On June 23rd, according to CBS News, one of the top executives of the Japanese airbag manufacturer faced a senate hearing.  At the hearing, multiple senators questioned as of to why rental car companies have not yet been required to get recalled vehicles fixed, or inform drivers of the hazardous defects.

It was Senator Bill Nelson of Florida (Democrat), who pointed out documents that showed Takata had put off important safety inspections.

Nelson stated, “ Internal e-mails suggest they actually suspended global safety audits from 2009 to 2011 for cost cutting reasons”. He then went on to say, “And now the same company responsible for this disaster is the one making nearly all of the replacement airbags for most of the recalled vehicles. That doesn’t sit well with a lot of Americans.”

It was suggested by Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (Democrat) that Takata set up a fund to compensate victims of the hazardous airbags.

Currently Takata North American Executive Vice President Kevin Kennedy has stated that the company is attempting to make things right by searching for the cause of the danger and recalling nearly 34 million airbags.

The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who is also testifying, was faced with a scrutinizing report Monday June 22nd that claims the agency repeatedly missed major safety problems in American cars.

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri (Democrat) said, “This is about blatant incompetent mismanagement.”

Information about the 8th Takata Airbag Victim

Jewel Brangman had been driving a Honda Civic when she got into a fender bender in Los Angeles last September. It was a fairly minor accident with the exception of the Takata airbag.

Upon deployment, the Takata airbag ruptured and a metal shard from the airbag inflator severed Brangman’s carotid artery.

Jewel Brangman was only 26 when she died. She has become the eighth and most recent death brought on by defective Takata airbags. Brangman was the first to die in a rental car.

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