In 2014, news first emerged that airbag manufacturer Takata hid reports that its airbags could explode, causing serious and sometimes fatal injury, and actively tampered with test results. Last week, the United States Department of Justice pressed charges against three executives from Takata.
“They falsified and manipulated data because they wanted to make profits on their airbags, knowing they were creating risk for the end-users, who are soccer moms like me,” Barbara L. McQuade, a United States attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said at a news conference in Detroit, according to a report by the New York Times. Takata knew as early as the year 2000 that their airbags could explode.
At least 11 Americans have died as a result of the faulty airbags, which were used in vehicles made by 19 different automakers. Recalls initiated in 2014 cover more than 40,000,000 vehicles in the United States. Millions of cars subject to the recall remain unrepaired or unaccounted for, according to Consumer Reports.
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