Federal safety regulators have pledged to delve deep into an investigation of deadly Takata airbags, which have prompted 10 automakers to recall more than 12 million vehicles globally.
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said on Friday the Justice Department needs to open a criminal investigation into allegations of a cover-up at least a decade old. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes Takata has had serious problems with its airbags dating back to 1998, years before the air bag and safety-belt supplier is alleged to have quietly tested dozens of airbags after one of the bags malfunctioned in an Alabama crash that sent shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment, injuring the driver, according to USA Today. More Federal Regulators Promise to Investigate Deadly Takata Airbags