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NHTSA Fining Takata $14,000 a Day for Failing to Cooperate with Airbag Probe

March 21, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

In a continuation of a story that our blog has been covering for some time, once again, Takata is in the news concerning its allegedly defective airbags. According to USA Today, Takata was fined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for not cooperating with its investigation of claims that Takata’s airbags are faulty.

In the report, NHTSA accuses Takata of refusing to issue a recall of its airbags amid reports that when the airbags open during an accident, they can shoot metal shards at vehicle occupants. NHTSA also says that Takata has been slow in responding to information requests regarding the alleged defect.

The fine NHTSA levied against Takata is the maximum for the violations, which is $7,000 per day for each infraction, adding up to $14,000 a day total. Takata will continue to be fined daily until it cooperates with NHTSA’s probe.

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As auto recall attorney Patrick Montoya explains in the video below, in addition to being about helping injury victims and their families, cases involving defective auto parts are often about forcing a corporation to change dangerous practices, so that other consumers do not have to suffer as well.

For more information about what you should do if you or a loved one was the victim of an accident caused by a defective auto part, continue to follow our blog and visit our defective auto part information page.

Did You Know? NHTSA has asked Congress for approval to increase the maximum amount it is allowed to fine violators to $25,000 a day.

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