Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses

What areas may automotive engineering experts consult on?  These experts may advise on automotive safety features, faulty design, manufacturing issues, safety problems in vehicle operations, and related matters.  In the news, U.S. regulators said they’re fining Takata Corp. $14K a day for failing to investigate and fix millions of air bags in passenger cars. US statutes put a ceiling of $70M on the fines.

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Friday, February 20, 2015
U.S Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls on Congress to Authorize New Enforcement Tools for NHTSA and Levies Fine on Takata

RICHMOND, Va. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind joined elected officials, representatives from the rental car industry, and consumer safety advocates today in calling on Congress to pass legislation that would require rental car agencies and used car dealers to fix safety defects before renting or selling vehicles subject to a recall.

Joined by NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, elected officials, representatives from the rental car industry, and consumer safety advocates, Foxx continued to call on Congress to pass legislation prohibiting rental car agencies and used car dealers from renting or selling vehicles subject to a recall without first making the necessary fix.

The GROW AMERICA Act includes provisions that would require rental car agencies to remedy any safety defects under recall before renting a vehicle, and require used car dealers to do the same before selling a vehicle. Under current law, new cars must be fixed before sale. However, no similar federal provision exists for rental car agencies or used car dealers. In Richmond, major rental car agencies as well as a leading consumer group joined the department’s call for legislation to ensure rental cars with safety recalls are repaired before a consumer gets behind the wheel.

“Every vehicle under an open safety recall should be repaired as soon as possible,” said Secretary Foxx. “Requiring rental car agencies and used car dealers to fix defective vehicles before renting is a common-sense solution that would make our roads safer. Safety advocates and the rental car industry have taken a stand for safety, and we need Congress to do so as well.”

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also announced today a $14,000 per day fine against airbag manufacturer Takata for failing to fully cooperate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) ongoing investigation into the company’s defective airbags. Secretary Foxx made this announcement at his first stop on the last day of the Secretary’s GROW AMERICA Express bus tour, highlighting the importance of investing in America’s infrastructure and encouraging Congress to act on a long-term transportation bill.

Late last year, NHTSA issued two Special Orders to Takata requiring the company to provide documentation and other material relating to the agency’s ongoing investigation. Takata has not fully cooperated with the investigation.

Consumers can determine if the vehicle they plan to rent or buy has an open recall that needs to be addressed by using NHTSA’s free VIN look-up tool on safercar.gov

 

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