US: early warning system could harbor more exploding airbags image

The US government and its auto safety regulators have set up years ago an early warning system that should bring forth any car defects and protect the drivers from serious faults. But, as always, the carmakers have found ways around the system.

The 2000 law has created the legal requirement for all carmakers operating in the US to report deaths and injuries from the public in order for the safety agencies to easily find potential faulty parts that might trigger a recall. But figures from this reports how that some carmakers are forthcoming – others less so. For example, after it was trashed in front of the public for its ignition switch recall debacle, General Motors is demonstrating increased reactivity – leading the 2014 Early Warning Reports sheet with 102 death and injury reports per 100,000 vehicles sold this year. At the other end of the spectrum sits Honda, which only reported two cases per 100,000 vehicles. Additionally, the Japanese automaker was caught red handed when it acknowledged it failed to disclose no less than 1,729 death and injury reports over 11 years, including eight tied to the Takata airbag scandal.

Lawmakers have now asked the carmaker to scrutinize their system of reporting and bring forth any omission – as the Takata airbag recall safety crisis becomes bigger each day. Honda is the largest client for the Japanese auto safety parts supplier, which has been at the root of numerous recalls over airbag inflators that explode with too much force.

Via Bloomberg