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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Motors Co President Dan Ammann on Monday said he expects “more of the same” next year from a U.S. auto market that has been growing slowly, while he is bracing for continued soft demand in other parts of the globe.
“It’s been more downsides than upsides this year,” Ammann said in an interview with Reuters reporters and editors here. “I’d say the U.S. has been a little better than we’d planned, but South America has been more challenging and Europe has been a little slower.”
WASHINGTON/DETROIT, Nov 20 (Reuters) – An executive from
Japan’s Takata Corp told U.S. senators on Thursday that
the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for
millions of vehicles equipped with potentially deadly air bags,
but said it may not be able to move quickly enough.
The U.S. auto safety regulator also warned of the risks of
moving to a nationwide recall, as senators have urged, saying
such a move could divert replacement parts from humid regions
where the defective air bags are more likely to rupture upon
deployment, shooting metal shards into cars.