New York Times: 2 Senators Call On Takata to Broaden Airbag Recall
Two United States senators on Thursday called on the Japanese auto supplier Takata to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company’s airbags, a demand that could affect more than 50 million cars on American roads. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward J. Markey, both Democrats, serve on a Senate panel that has been investigating problems with Takata airbags that can rupture and spew metal shards at vehicle occupants. The defective airbags have been connected with at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries. The senators said their move was prompted by an incident in June, in which a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan experienced a rupture in a Takata side airbag, an incident that did not fit the pattern of the more than 17 million older-model vehicles that have been recalled. United States safety regulators this week ordered VW and Takata to provide information on the June rupture.