U.S. Senators Call for New Takata Airbag Hearing

The U.S. Senate Commerce subcommittee, which is also responsible for overseeing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will conduct a new hearing focusing on the status of the Takata airbag inflator recalls, which lawmakers claim is moving too slow. About the Takata Airbag Recalls The recalls deal with some 125 million vehicles worldwide that are equipped with faulty airbags that can explode on deployment, unleashing metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. At least 60 million of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States. So far, 22 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the faulty airbag inflators. Most of which have occurred in the U.S. The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, allowing it to sell its non-airbag inflator business to Key Safety Sytems, a unit of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp. According to Senator Jerry Moran, the hearing would review the “current manufacturer recall completion…

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