Takata: Evidence doesn't support national recall

Dec 3, 2014 8:02 AM by Cheryl Wengren

DETROIT (AP) - A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall.

The company laid out its position in a Tuesday letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration obtained by The Associated Press, rejecting the agency's recall demand.

It sets the stage for a confrontation at a House subcommittee hearing on the matter Wednesday morning.

A week ago, the agency gave Takata until Tuesday to declare its driver's air bag inflators defective and begin a recall. It threatened civil fines and legal action if Takata didn't comply.

The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the passenger compartment.


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