WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee for Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security, released the following statement today on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement of the expansion of the Takata airbag recalls to 34 million vehicles. Additionally, the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Consent Order to Takata requiring the company to cooperate in all future regulatory actions that NHTSA undertakes in its ongoing investigation and oversight of the company.
"We must make certain Americans are safe behind the wheel and that the technology meant to protect drivers and their families does not do them harm. Today’s announcement reinforces the urgency of the Takata airbag recalls, and I appreciate the efforts of NHTSA to help us better understand the facts behind what is causing these defects. I will work with my colleagues on the Senate Commerce Committee to examine this important matter and ensure the safety of American consumers."
At the DOT’s insistence, Takata has determined that a defect exists in certain types of frontal driver and passenger side air bag inflators. Vehicles manufactured by the following companies are impacted by the national recall: BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
Consumers can check their vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at a new website, www.SaferCar.gov/RecallsSpotlight, to see if it is covered by the expanded recall. The website will also provide regular updates on the status of this and other recalls and of NHTSA’s investigation.
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