Honda Under Investigation For Failures to Report Takata-Related Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency responsible for automotive safety, has announced an investigation into Honda vehicle injuries and deaths related to defective Takata airbags.
The NHTSA has announced that Honda will have three weeks to answer questions about how the company catalogued reports of accidents for the last ten years.
The inquiry sent to the Japanese multinational corporation, contains 34 separate questions, and the company’s officials must answer them under oath. This suggests that the company may face civil and criminal actions in addition to regulatory oversight, if the NHTSA discovers that Honda inadvertently or intentionally withheld safety data from regulators.
David Freidman, the Deputy Administrator of the NHTSA, stated that Honda and other auto companies all have a legal obligation to report accidents and injuries involving airbags. When auto companies fail to reveal safety defects, they can be subject to fines, civil lawsuits and criminal actions.
The NHTSA already fined General Motors more than $35 million in 2014 — the largest ever assessed by the NHTSA — for its failures to reveal the ignition-switch defects that have been implicated in countless deaths.
As the number of auto manufacturers who knew of or should have known of the airbag defects increases, and as more Takata airbag defects are revealed, Honda may not be the only auto company under investigation by the NHTSA.
Auto companies have a duty to protect the public by freely sharing automotive safety defects and recall information in a timely manner. When they fail to do so it is important that they are held accountable by the federal government and civil courts.
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