In escalating standoff, airbag manufacturer to be fined for noncompliance with safety regulators

We've discussed before the fight between federal regulators and airbag manufacturer Takata over whether the company would issue a nationwide recall on defective airbags. The confrontation is escalating.

As the New York Times reported Friday:

federal regulators said on Friday that they would begin to fine the Japanese auto supplier $14,000 a day, saying it had not fully cooperated in an investigation into defective airbags.

Takata has failed to respond “fully or truthfully” to two orders that it turn over documents and information related to the defect, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrote in a letter to the company.

Read the Times story here.

As a reminder what's at stake here, we're talking about air bags that deploy with so much force they can hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment. "At least five deaths and dozens of injuries have been linked to the problem worldwide," according to an Associated Press story from December.

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