Takata Corp. sus­pended safety au­dits, re­port says

Los Angeles Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Automotive air bag maker Takata Corp. may have placed profit over safety by halt­ing safety au­dits of fac­to­ries, a group of U. S. sen­a­tors says.

Mi­nor­ity mem­bers of the Se­nate Com­merce Com­mit­tee cite Takata emails show­ing the au­dits were stopped from 2009 to 2011 for fi­nan­cial rea­sons.

Once au­dits were re­sumed, a safety di­rec­tor faulted a fac­tory in Mexico for fail­ing to prop­erly close bags of air bag pro­pel­lant and for stor­ing con­tam­i­nated pro­pel­lant near good ma­te­ri­als.

Takata says the emails were taken out of con­text. They were re­leased in a re­port on the eve of a com­mit­tee hear­ing on Takata prob­lems.

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