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Senators Urge Probe of Reports Takata Covered Up Air-Bag Defects

Friday, 07 November 2014 12:36 PM

Two U.S. senators called for the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into a report that auto-parts maker Takata Corp. may have destroyed evidence years before recalling cars for exploding air bags.

Takata secretly tested air bags in 2004 for the possibility that shrapnel could be propelled toward front-seat passengers, then concealed the evidence, the New York Times reported, citing interviews with two former employees it didn’t identify.

“If the reports are true, the company must be held accountable for the horrific deaths and injuries that its wrongdoing caused,” Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts said in a statement. “These allegations are credible and shocking — plainly warranting a prompt and aggressive criminal probe.”

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already given Takata a Dec. 1 deadline to answer questions under oath and turn over materials detailing how it’s handled air-bag problems going back to 2000. A Justice Department investigation could result in a fine or jail sentences for executives. Toyota Motor Corp. had to pay a record $1.2 billion penalty for misleading consumers about unintended acceleration in its vehicles.

The allegations “have raised additional concerns about Takata’s handling of air-bag issues and are one of the reasons we’re compelling them to produce documents and answer questions,” Brian Farber, a U.S. Transportation Department spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

Civil Fines

NHTSA, part of the Transportation Department, issued a rare public advisory last month urging motorists to act with urgency and have Takata air bags replaced in almost 8 million cars recalled by 10 automakers. It has also asked Honda Motor Co., the automaker with the most U.S. models affected, to answer dozens of detailed questions on what was known about fatalities, injuries and manufacturing flaws going back to 1998.

Both Honda and Takata face civil fines of as much as $35 million if its response is late or incomplete. The information NHTSA is seeking includes details of quality control at the company’s factories, use of contaminated or improperly formulated propellant and a complete accounting of deaths and injuries.

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Two U.S. senators called for the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into a report that auto-parts maker Takata Corp. may have destroyed evidence years before recalling cars for exploding air bags.
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