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March 23, 2018
Takata Compliance Monitor John Buretta Testifies at Senate Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on the Takata Airbag Recall

On March 20, 2018, Cravath partner John D. Buretta testified at a hearing called by the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection in Washington, D.C., in his capacity as the Independent Monitor for Takata and the Coordinated Remedy Program. John, as well as government regulators and auto industry executives, testified at the hearing about the recall completion rates and ongoing efforts and future initiatives designed to ensure that unrepaired vehicles included in the Takata airbag recall, the largest safety recall in U.S. history, are fixed promptly.

In December 2015, John was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) to serve as the Independent Monitor for Takata and the Coordinated Remedy Program, as part of a settlement agreement concerning Takata’s manufacture and sale of ammonium nitrate airbags. In April 2017, John was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as compliance monitor regarding the worldwide operations of Takata Corporation, headquartered in Japan.

To determine if your car has a defective airbag inflator, visit www.AirbagRecall.com and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN).

Additional information about the monitorship is available at TakataMonitor.org. Members of the public can also use the TakataMonitor.org website to file confidential, anonymous reports, and to communicate with the Independent Monitor.

In addition to John, Cravath partners Julie A. North, Benjamin Gruenstein, David M. Stuart and Damaris Hernández and counsel Evan Norris are also assisting with the monitorship.