Amid Global Takata Recall, Virginia Lawmaker’s Bill (HB 2143) Enforces Bigger Penalty On Those Who Install Defective Airbags

Tens of millions of vehicles in the United States with Japanese-made, Takata-branded airbags are currently under recall, the biggest auto recall in history, which spans over five years now. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that as of now, roughly 37 million vehicles equipped with 50 million defective Takata airbags are under recall because the airbags can explode when deployed, causing serious injury or even death to drivers and passengers.

While the federal agency is tackling the massive issue, one Virginia lawmaker is working to levy bigger penalties on those who install defective airbags.

H.B. 2143, introduced by Delegate Rob Bell (R-Albermarle), would provide for a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person who “knowingly” installs or reinstalls any airbag or other component of a motor vehicle’s supplemental restraint system that is “counterfeit, nonfunctional, or not in accordance with federal safety regulations.”