In December 2014, Mark Rosekind was appointed as the new administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at a time when the NHTSA was overseeing recalls for multiple serious auto defects, including defective airbags and faulty gas tanks. And recently he has come out forcefully against automakers, and suppliers, that are dragging their feet on recalls. In particular he took aim at Chrysler and Takata, two companies who have rightfully been getting heavy pressure for their defective products.
Chrysler is currently recalling 1.56 million Jeep SUVs for improper placement of gas tanks that resulted in explosion when the vehicles were rearended. One option he said the NHTSA was exploring was requiring Chrysler to change how it repaired the defective vehicles, or expanding the recall even wider. Mr. Rosekind described the pace of repairs of the SUVs as “horrible.”
Although it was unclear how the NHTSA might be able to speed up the recall of the millions of defective Takata airbags that have been linked to deaths and injuries in multiple states across the U.S., the company is currently being fined the maximum $14,000 per day to get it to cooperate with the NHTSA’s investigators.
Mr. Rosekind’s efforts to speed up the recalls and force manufacturers to more effectively implement them are important reminders that too many potentially defective dangerous and defective vehicles are still out on the road. The personal injury lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel P.C. have extensive experience taking on corporations whose dangerous and defective products have injured innocent people. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a someone else’s negligence, please give us a call for a free consultation.