Lawmakers Call for Probe of Takata Airbags

Decade-old “secret tests” spark new airbag controversy

As if the legal issues could get any worse for Takata Corp., Congress is looking to put the faulty

airbag manufacturer under the microscope for not bringing to light its product’s malfunctions

earlier.

The American Association for Justice references articles printed in the Tuesday edition of the

Los Angeles Times as it reports that a group of senators is calling on the U.S. Justice Department

to launch a criminal investigation “into reports that the air bag supplier conducted secret tests on

ruptures a decade ago but didn’t take action or report the results to safety regulators.”

The Times reported that the NHTSA has already begun an investigation into American Honda

Motor Co. to find out if the company reported deadly airbag problems in a timely manner. At

least four airbag-related deaths have been reported in Honda vehicles.

The AAJ references a similar article in the New York Times that Takata Corp. “deleted test data

and disposed of air bag parts that had malfunctioned despite finding flaws and beginning work

on a recall.”

According to the NHTSA, a defective inflator in the recalled vehicles could cause the airbag to

overinflate and rupture. The federal agency said that, in the event of a crash, metal parts in the

airbag assembly could “separate and potentially be propelled toward the interior of the vehicle”

like shrapnel.

The NHTSA believes vehicle owners living in humid climates, like the Gulf States, are at a

higher risk.

If you believe you have been injured by a faulty Takata airbag installed in your vehicle you

may be entitled to significant compensation for medical bills and other damages. For more

information and a free evaluation of your claim, contact Arentz Law Group, P.C. by filling out

the form on the right, or by calling 1-800-305-6000.

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