A car owned by the family of Mark Rosekind, the nation’s top auto safety regulator, has been recalled to fix a faulty Takata airbag. Like millions of others, however, even the top regulator has to wait for parts to come in to make the repair. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief Rosekind revealed last month that a family car normally driven by his wife was recalled to fix the airbag inflator. When Mrs. Rosekind checked the vehicle identification number in a recall database, she found there were no replacement inflators available.
The recall of the Rosekind car has helped the top man at NHTSA know what people are going through trying to get their cars fixed and who face potential danger from the defective inflators. The family has been working with a dealership that they have used for a long time and they are seeking a loaner car. Rosekind had this to say:
I now have that personal experience to be able to deal with it and see how we can push. It is a source of information that probably typically is not available to an administrator facing something like this.
It’s good for a person who has an important responsibility when it comes to vehicle safety to see first-hand what ordinary folks have to deal with. Rosekind said he’s not getting special treatment, and that the car is going to be fixed at the “appropriate time.” He will just have to wait in line and, if he fails to get a loaner car, park the car.
Source: Claims Journal
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