Takata Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of airbags, has come under fire due to numerous airbag malfunctions.  It just recently admitted that as early as 2003, it knew of an airbag inflator rupture in Switzerland and it failed to notify U.S. auto-safety regulators.  Takata began producing the problematic airbag inflators in 2000, but only recently has the defect come to light, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releasing a report showing 14 deaths and over 100 injuries were directly caused by defective Takata airbags.  100 million Takata airbags have been recalled worldwide due to defects and in the U.S. alone 70 million have been determined to be defective.  Takata claims that the unreported 2003 incident was unrelated to the defective inflators subject to the recent recall and that it made production changes to address the problem that led to the rupture in 2003.

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