NHTSA Prepares Steps To Speed Up Takata, Jeep Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is set to take action in the coming weeks so as to speed up the process of two long running safety recalls that views as moving extremely slow, a top official from the agency said.

Mark Rosekind, an administrator from the NHTSA, on Tuesday said that the two working groups at the agency have been able to come up with a “range of options” when it comes to the next step that they are supposed to take on the recall of over 1.5 million older Jeep SUVs for fuel tanks that could explode in an event that they are involved in a car crash as well as the widespread Takata airbag inflator recalls, which has seen more that 20 million vehicles being affected worldwide since 2008.

“The most important thing was to be able to generate a range of options for us to kind of decide where we want to address these issues in a strategic but timely way,” Rosekind said. “For both [the Takata and Jeep recalls], I think we’re one or two weeks away from actually having some concrete things to start taking action on.”

That said it’s good to note that Rosekind refused to specify the options which are currently on the table for the agency.

Earlier this month Bloomberg reported that the agency may consider opening up an investigation into the jeep recalls in an event that they have finished reviewing the number of Jeeps which were repaired in the first quarter.  

Posted by Jean Walters 5/27/15

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