Country’s uppermost auto regulator is under scrutiny with the rising apprehensions regarding safety interruptions. Fulfilling the demand of the situation the Obama administration has planned a complete review of the agency. One of the senior administration official on Friday said that this will help us to decide if “we have the dial set correctly” on safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has faced condemnation by Congress for improper response concerning millions of vehicles with defective air bags or faulty ignition switches.
Just this week, one of the agency’s abrupt instructions caused a major dilemma in many car owners. The company issued a warning that insisted the owners to “act immediately” and get their defective airbags fixed causing severe confusion due to lack of preparedness and two days unresponsiveness of the tool on the agency’s website that was intended for the owners to find out whether their car has been recalled. NHTSA apologized regarding the issue.
“We greatly regret that the information provided in our initial safety advisory was inaccurate and that we have experienced signification problems with our website,” the regulatory agency said in a statement.
According to NHTSA exchanging the part is most critical for car owners keeping in view the hot and humid climates such as Florida, Puerto Rico, limited parts near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana. Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii are also in the long list.
The air-bag recall was called “suboptimal” by an administration official on Friday.
The inquiry will take account of a review of the agency’s handling of the recall of airbags supplied by Takata. The White House will most probably nominate a permanent chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within two weeks. The previous administrator, David Strickland, quit the post much earlier than the arrival of this issue in December.
Takata told that the inflater used by them in older air bags could burst with such force that it can send plastic and metal debris flying at drivers and passengers. Safety advocates say it has already claimed four lives and caused multiple injuries.
“The investigation is not over,” the official said. “What has happened this week is an initial round of actions, but I wouldn’t assume there wouldn’t be future actions related to it.”