WASHINGTON (April 1, 2016) — The chief U.S. auto-safety agency said it won't take Takata Corp.'s financial viability into account when it decides whether to expand further the largest-ever auto-safety recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will focus solely on safety, as it must under U.S. law, the agency said in a statement March 31.
NHTSA is reviewing the findings of three investigations into Takata's airbag ruptures while the recalls are under way, it said. Those probes attempted to determine the root cause of the airbag failures, and the review could be the basis for future decisions related to the recalls.
“NHTSA makes recall determinations based on safety, and safety alone,” agency spokesman Bryan Thomas said in the statement. “The agency will take all appropriate actions to make sure airbags in Americans' vehicles are safe.”