WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate committee hearing scheduled for November 20 will examine Takata airbag defects and the vehicle recall process.
"The hearing will examine the circumstances of a series of recalls beginning in 2008 for defective airbags manufactured by Takata," according to a posting by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. "The hearing will focus on how defective Takata airbags became installed in so many vehicles and the responses of both automakers and NHTSA to remedy the safety defect to protect consumers."
The most recent recalls for Takata airbags now involve 10 automakers and affect 7.8 million vehicles here.
Honda has recalled more than 6 million vehicles to replace Takata-supplied airbag inflators. Honda will be represented at the hearing, the automaker confirmed for Edmunds late Thursday.
"Honda has been asked to appear along with other industry representatives at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on November 20, 2014 regarding Takata airbag inflator recalls," wrote Honda spokesman Chris Martin. "Honda welcomes this opportunity to discuss our ongoing efforts to resolve this very complex situation in the interest of our customers' safety."
Takata representatives and officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are expected to testify. A list of those testifying had not been released as of early Friday morning.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month urged owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags.
Edmunds says: Concerned consumers should note that the hearing will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. ET via the Senate Commerce Committee Web site.