On November 3, 2015, Takata entered into a Consent Order and Coordinated Remedy Order with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) regarding Takata’s manufacture and sale of ammonium nitrate airbags. To date, ruptured Takata airbag inflators have caused at least 11 deaths and more than 180 injuries in the United States. Under the Consent Order and Coordinated Remedy Order, Takata was ordered by NHTSA to accelerate its ongoing recall of defective airbags. The Coordinated Remedy Order directs Takata and the affected vehicle manufacturers to prioritize their remedy programs based on risk, and establishes a schedule by which they must have sufficient parts on hand to remedy the defects for all affected vehicles. The Coordinated Remedy Order also establishes a Coordinated Remedy Program under which NHTSA will oversee the supply of remedy parts and manage future recalls with the assistance of the Independent Monitor. Nearly 70 million Takata airbag inflators are or will be under recall in the United States by 2019.
Under the Consent Order and Coordinated Remedy Order and the Coordinated Remedy Order, NHTSA appointed John Buretta, a partner at the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and a former career federal prosecutor and Department of Justice official, as the Independent Monitor of Takata and the Coordinated Remedy Program. The Independent Monitor will assist in the Coordinated Remedy Program with respect to Takata and all affected vehicle manufacturers, and will enhance and oversee Takata’s safety and compliance programs and other obligations under the Consent and Coordinated Remedy Orders.To see whether your vehicle is subject to the recall, click here
Make A Report to the Independent Monitor
The Consent Order and Coordinated Remedy Order requires Takata employees to report to the Independent Monitor any violation of law or any unethical conduct at Takata that has not already been reported to an appropriate federal, state or municipal agency. In addition, anyone else with information about any improprieties at Takata may use this website to make a confidential report to the Independent Monitor. You can confidentially report irregularities in test data, malfunctions, safety-related defects, noncompliance with applicable safety standards, or any other potentially illegal or unethical conduct at Takata. The information you report may be critical to the Independent Monitor’s work to ensure that Takata complies with its legal obligations and provides safe products to consumers.
In addition to this website, an independent, toll-free hotline has been activated to facilitate communication with the Independent Monitor. The number is 1-844-287-9972. The Independent Monitor can also be contacted by email, at email@example.com, or by mail at John D. Buretta, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Worldwide Plaza, 825 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Only Mr. Buretta and his staff will have access to the information provided by employees over any of these modes of communication.