Government’s efforts in Takata airbag inflator recall falls short

Millions of cars still have dangerous airbags and repairs are falling behind schedule.

Analysis by the Associated Press has found the governments effort to speed up recalls of more than 21 million defective Takata air bag inflators is falling short. Nearly 10 million inflators with the highest risk were still in use as of March 31st, according to the latest documents filed by 10 automakers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That makes it extremely unlikely that automakers will meet the government’s December 31st deadline to finish the recalls. Of NHTSA’s 15 highest-priority recalls, 10 had completion rates below 50 % on the latest reports from automakers, and in six recalls, fewer than one third of the inflators have been replaced.

Frontier Airlines is adding 21 destinations and 85 routes to its network. Of the 21 new destinations, 18 are cities the airline had served in the past. The three new cities joining frontier’s route map are Buffalo, Charleston, SC and Pensacola, FL. Among the destinations that will see a big bump in service are Austin, Cincinnati, Denver, Miami, Orlando and Long Island, NY. Some of the new service will be enabled by new aircraft and by reducing frequencies on some routes