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Audit Initiated of NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Recall Process

Mandated by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015
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In 2008, auto manufacturers began recalling vehicles equipped with airbags manufactured by TK Holdings Inc. (Takata) due to a safety defect that has led to 11 fatalities and approximately 180 injuries in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) is responsible for overseeing safety recall campaigns and monitoring recall completion rates. NHTSA’s ODI is overseeing the Takata recall, which has affected tens of millions of vehicles thus far. In December 2015, Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which mandated that our office audit ODI’s recall processes. Consistent with this mandate, we are initiating an audit to assess NHTSA’s processes for (1) monitoring manufacturers’ proposed recall remedies and scope and (2) overseeing safety recall implementation, including the sufficiency of recall completion rates.