Engineering Expert Witness On Takata Recall

In the news, Mark Rosekind, administer of the NHTSA, said that a faulty Takata airbag inflator was involved in the fatal crash of a rental car in California last September. This brings the death toll to eight with more than 100 injuries in the US. Takata announced that 33.8 million air bags are defective after they were found to explode and send shrapnel into the face and body of motorists.  The recall is complicated by the news that some cars that had already undergone service would need a second airbag replacement. Retired Takata engineer Mark Lillie has said he will be testifying as an expert witness or “someone with knowledge of Takata in particular” regarding the chemicals used in the air bag inflators.

Takata’s expansion of their previous recalls has nearly doubled the potential number of vehicles affected to almost 34 million. On June 17, 2015, NHTSA verified that Vehicle Identification Numbers for vehicles made by the 11 automakers involved were available, and that owners could now search on NHTSA’s and manufacturers’ VIN look-up tools to determine if their vehicles are affected. NHTSA is coordinating with Takata and automakers to uphold its commitment to ensure that motorists receive information as soon as it is available. NHTSA will continue to provide real-time updates for all news and information related with this recall.

As this recall progresses, NHTSA will organize and prioritize the replacement of the defective air bag inflators to ensure that defective inflators are replaced with safe ones as quickly as possible, addressing the highest risks first.

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