NHTSA fining Takata $14,000 a day
Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
The National Highway Safety Administration began to impose a $14,000 fine a day on Japanese automotive parts company Takata Corp. for not cooperating with the investigation into the company’s defective airbags, the Washington Post reported on February 20.
So far, 17 million vehicles have been recalled since 2008, although only around 2 million of those have been fixed. There is a shortage of parts to repair vehicles.
Federal investigators think a prolonged exposure to moisture in the air allows the inflator chemical to burn too quickly. They are planning to issue an order during the last week of February that mandates people who sued Takata to share with them the results of air bag safety tests.
Takata is protesting the federal agency’s actions, asserting that they have a right to mandate recalls by automakers, but not auto parts suppliers.
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