At NHTSA, we’re focused on safer drivers, safer cars, and safer roads. Last year the Nation experienced the highest number of vehicle recalls in more than three decades. It’s a topic that continues to make headlines and trend on all media. You hear about it on your commute, read about it online, and see it on Facebook. Here’s the latest information on the recalls you’re hearing about right now.
U.S. DOT Announces National Recall of Takata Air Bags
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will organize and prioritize the replacement of the defective air bag inflators used in approximately 19 million vehicles. NHTSA will also be coordinating with Takata and automakers that used the defective inflators in their vehicles, to ensure the American public receives information regarding these recalls as it becomes available. Read more
Outcome of Public Hearing: Fiat Chrysler Fined $105 Million and Ordered to Repair or Repurchase Defective Vehicles
On July 26, NHTSA issued a consent order following a July 2 hearing during which the agency outlined its concerns over Fiat Chrysler’s execution of 23 vehicle safety recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has admitted to wrongdoing and agrees to comply with the enforcement actions ordered by NHTSA. Specifically, the company failed to comply with Federal recall regulations in three areas: effective and timely recall remedies, notification to vehicle owners and dealers, and notifications to NHTSA. The automaker will repair or, in some cases, buy back defective vehicles and pay the largest penalty ever imposed by NHTSA—$105 million. To ensure satisfactory recall performance and rectification, FCA is required to hire a NHTSA-approved, independent overseer to monitor the company’s recall efforts over the next three years. Read more