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U.S. Building Case Against Takata Corp.

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Bonnie Harp3 years ago

According to Auto Maker News, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to make legal preparation as Takata Corp. resists the U.S. regulator’s request for an expansion of the worldwide airbag inflator recall.

U.S. Regulators Move Forward with Takata Investigations

Takata Corp. has been under scrutiny by The National Highway Safety Administration and U.S. Department of Justice due to the supplier’s alleged delay in issuing a safety recall in regard to an airbag inflator defect that is projected to affect over 20 million vehicles worldwide.

NHTSA has been reviewing thousands of documents from Takata and the 12 automakers affected by the recall. 

Tension between Takata Corp. and U.S. regulators has been rising as Takata resists the NHSTA’s request to expand the airbag recall outside geographically high-humidity areas. Although the initial cause of the airbag defect was suspected to involve high humidity, research reveals deaths that have occurred outside of these areas.

Takata claims the recalls at automaker’s responsibilities and maintains that the U.S. evidence is lacking.

About the Takata Recalls

  • In April 2013, Takata Corp. announced a defect with airbag inflators may cause the airbags to deploy incorrectly and explode, sending metal shards throughout vehicles.
  • Over 20 million vehicles have been recalled from 11 automakers around the world.
  • Automakers affected include Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mazda and BMW.
  • The recall has been linked to five deaths and numerous injuries in the United States. All five deaths were associated with Honda Motor Co. vehicles.


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