Audit Finds NHTSA Delays and Lack of Oversight Led to Takata Recall Delays
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is under scrutiny after an audit last week blamed the agency’s delayed action in addressing the Takata airbag problem for delays in the recall. According to the U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General, the NHTSA lacked proper oversight in managing the recalls. The audit said the agency’s inadequate controls and processes hindered its ability to oversee the implementation of the recall.
The audit also said the NHTSA failed to follow its own procedures to address the low completion rates of the recall. Additionally, the agency’s delay in investigating complaints was cited for the delayed expansion of the recalls. In March, the NHTSA reported that 21 million of the 50 million defective Takata airbag inflators in the U.S. had been repaired.
In response to the government audit, the NHTSA says it is undergoing a third-party risk management review to improve its recall process.
The Center for Auto Safety said that the audit confirms concerns that the agency’s “hands-off approach to oversight” is failing the American public.
“A hands-off approach is simply not adequate for an agency responsible for keeping American roadways safe,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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