Honda Ordered To Answer For Its Role In Takata Airbag Recall By November 24

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Takata is no longer alone in facing an intense federal investigation over in its airbag recall action: Honda, too, has been ordered to answer under oath for its role in the recall.

Automotive News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a special order to the automaker on Monday to “investigate the extent and scope” of its failure to report fatalities and injuries linked to the supplier’s airbags, as required by the TREAD Act. Deputy administrator David Friedman explains:

Our focus is keeping the American public and their vehicles safe. Early Warning Reporting information is one of many data sources we rely on to spot potential defects. Honda and the other automakers are legally obligated to report this information to us and failure to do so will not be tolerated.

Honda has until November 24 to submit written responses to a questionnaire, as well as requested documents, explaining how it handles safety warning reports. Third-party information and all death and injury claims submitted to the automaker since 2000 are also under request by the NHTSA. Failure to comply would net Honda a $35 million fine.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Bigbadbill Bigbadbill on Nov 04, 2014

    Curious...what will CR say about all this?

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Nov 04, 2014

    Rabble! Rabble! Rabble! Rabble! Rabble! Rabble! Rabble! Rabble!

  • Wmba Wmba on Nov 04, 2014

    Boggles my mind that the NHTSA has decided to pursue Honda to the exclusion of the other car companies who also used Takata as a supplier. What makes them any more culpable for a hidden supplier defect? There is a complete lack of logic on NHTSA's part at work here. Highly suspect reasoning, general thrashing about threatening all and sundry as if the case were cut and dried when it obviously isn't, and the perfect case of a bad workman blaming his tools.

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    • Thatkat09 Thatkat09 on Nov 04, 2014

      @strafer Doesnt Honda own something like 1% of Takata? If im right than I really dont think its an issue.

  • Chicagoland Chicagoland on Nov 05, 2014

    The Honda's affected are up to 2011 MY, to be fair, the site shouldn't post a picture of a 2013/14 Civic.

    • Petezeiss Petezeiss on Nov 05, 2014

      So roughly 2002 to 2011 for using that contaminated explosive? Nine years of diligently cranking out airbag bombs? I think DeadWeight is right on the money; this is the uber Bleed & Lead automotive news topic for years to come.