Feds say Japanese company Takata did not fully cooperate in a long-running investigation of faulty and potentially dangerous air bag inflators.
Driver’s side air bags equipped with inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan can erupt and send metal fragments into the passenger compartment.
The probe was opened over an April 2011 car crash that severely injured an elderly man when the passenger air bags didn’t deploy.
Air bags represent a symbol of safety that’s required in all modern cars, but a recent alert issued by the government warns drivers to pump those brakes before hitting the wall.
The Obama administration is preparing to warn car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years that dangerous counterfeit bags may have been installed, according to auto industry officials who have been briefed by the government.