The federal government will fine the Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 a day for what it said was the company’s failure to cooperate with an investigation into defective devices. Takata’s airbag inflators can explode violently when they deploy, spraying metal fragments.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued two orders late last year requiring Takata to provide documentation and other material related to the agency’s investigation.
The agency also has demanded data from the company, but said in a letter to Takata that it has failed to explain a “deluge” of 2.4 million pages of documents that were turned over. Federal law requires Takata to provide a catalogue or index with the documents so investigators know what to look for.
Since Takata is alleged to have violated two orders, it could be fined a maximum of $70 million.
Is Your Car Affected by the Takata Airbag Recall?
Takata has resisted demands to recall its driver’s side air bags in the U.S., although automakers have done recalls themselves.
Millions of vehicles have been recalled worldwide over faulty airbags made by Takata. Six deaths have been linked to the ruptured airbags, five of them in the United States.
Take Legal Action for Your Losses Today
The attorneys at Bailey & Oliver can help you fight for your rights in this potential class action litigation. Those who have been harmed by Takata’s negligence are already numbering in the hundreds, with many more who may not have spoken out yet.
If you are one of the many people hurt by a defective airbag, or if your loved one died in a car fitted with a Takata airbag, you could have a claim for compensation.
Call 479-202-5200 or use our case evaluation form to speak with a class-action lawsuit attorney.