Do you remember the Senate committee hearings that GM CEO Mary Barra went through following the ignition switch recall debacle? Well, now another similar hearing will be held on Thursday, this time because of the Takata airbag scandal.
Officials of Takata, Chrysler, Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been called to testify under oath in front of the US Senate Commerce Committee to answer questions about the threat stemming from a slew of ongoing recalls tied to airbags produced by Takata.
The Senate’s final witness list includes Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of global quality assurance for Takata, Scott Kunselman, senior vice president of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance for Chrysler Group, Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, and David Friedman, deputy administrator for the NHTSA. A victim of the faulty Takata airbag conundrum, Stephanie Erdman, has also been called in to testify.
Since 2008, millions of vehicles have been recalled worldwide (including at least 11 million since 2013 in the US) because of defective airbags made by Japanese safety equipment supplier Takata Corp. In case of an accident the faulty part – the airbag’s inflator – tends to explode with too much force and sends shrapnel flying at high velocity inside the cabin.