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Dec 3, 2014
Dec 3, 2014

Takata has yet to find ‘root cause’ of air bag ruptures-exec

WASHINGTON/DETROIT, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Japanese auto parts
supplier Takata Corp on Wednesday acknowledged that it
still does not understand what is causing air bag explosions
that have hurtled metal shards into vehicles even as it insisted
that calls for a broader recall to remedy the problem were

Takata is under pressure from U.S. lawmakers and safety
regulators to expand to all 50 states a recall of driver-side
air bags, but the company has said data does not support such a
move and it could divert replacement parts from the most-needed

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. lawmakers reprimand Takata for limited air bag recalls

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday criticized Japanese supplier Takata Corp for resisting a call by regulators to expand nationwide its regional recall of driver-side air bags that can potentially rupture upon deployment, shooting metal shards into vehicles.

The hearing by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee comes after Takata told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday that current data does not support the need for such an expanded recall.

Dec 3, 2014
Dec 3, 2014
Dec 3, 2014

U.S. says Takata response to nationwide air bag recall order “disappointing”

DETROIT/TOKYO, Dec 2 (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators
said Takata Corp’s response to an order to expand a
recall nationwide was “disappointing”, critising the Japanese
auto parts supplier for shirking responsibility over its
potentially deadly air bags.

Takata, at the centre of a global recall of more than 16
million cars in the past six years, had until Tuesday to respond
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA)
order to expand a regional recall and replace driver-side air
bags from across the United States.

Dec 2, 2014
Dec 2, 2014
Dec 2, 2014

Takata taps former U.S. transport chiefs in air bag safety crisis

DETROIT, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Takata Corp, the
Japanese air bag supplier at the center of a growing auto safety
crisis, said on Tuesday that it is forming an independent
quality panel headed by former White House chief of staff and
U.S. Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner.

The panel will audit and report on the company’s
manufacturing processes, which have been called into question
after several deaths and serious injuries linked to air bags
deploying with too much force and spraying vehicle occupants
with metal shrapnel. The report will be made public.

Dec 2, 2014

November auto sales strongest in years

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit automakers sold more cars and trucks in November than analysts expected, as a surging economy and falling fuel prices helped drive sales of big pickups and SUVs.

General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday said November sales rose 6.5 percent to 225,818, topping the average 217,462 projected by auto analysts.

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      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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