Examining Takata Airbag Defects and the Vehicle Recall Process

November 20, 2014

253 Russell Senate Office Building

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a full committee hearing on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 10 a.m. titled, “Examining Takata Airbag Defects and the Vehicle Recall Process.” Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) will chair the hearing.

This hearing will examine the circumstances of a series of recalls beginning in 2008 for defective airbags manufactured by Takata. The most recent recalls for Takata airbags now encompass 10 automobile manufacturers and affect 7.8 million vehicles in the United States. 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. 

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.



Majority Statement

  • Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV

  • Senator Bill Nelson

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member John R Thune

Witness Panel 1

Witness Panel 2

  • Mr. David Friedman

    Deputy Administrator
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)