US: NHTSA usually wins court fights over recalls image

While not out of the ordinary in the US – a court loving country – dragging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a lawsuit because automakers don’t want to address an ordered recall is traditionally a losing battle for the latter.

In America, the dawn of auto safety seems to have taken place way back in the 1960s and over that period only 10 disputes over recall campaigns have ended up in court. And according to the Wayne Law Review, the US auto safety regulator won the case eight times and only once an automaker managed to avoid a safety campaign. This track record comes into play because last week, David Friedman, NHTSA’s deputy administrator, again said the agency was ready to “force” Takata and the automakers involved to expand to a nationwide level the potentially deadly airbag-inflator defect.

Japan’s Takata Corp. involved in a growing recall crisis across the globe, said it wasn’t willing to expand to a nationwide level the recall of millions of cars in the US – they only affected regions and territories with high humidity. The automakers involved have already started, one by one, to voluntarily expand the campaigns, four out of five have already complied to NHTSA’s request so far.

Via Automotive News Europe