U.S. Penalizes Takata $1 Billion along with Charges Three Executives with Fraud
The U.S. government has fined Takata Corp. $1 billion as part of the Japanese automotive supplier’s agreement to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. The move comes after potentially faulty along with explosive airbags supplied by Takata prompted the largest automotive safety recall in U.S. history.
The fine is usually broken down as a $25 million criminal fine, $125 million for victim compensation, along with $850 million for compensating automakers, as announced Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. This particular criminal financial penalty is usually separate coming from a $70 million settlement between Takata with U.S. safety regulators in 2015. There is usually some other litigation pending, including at least one class-action suit filed on behalf of car owners affected by the recall.
The Takata airbag recall spans 19 automakers along with involves more than 65 million airbags installed in about 42 million vehicles. Faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata have been linked to 16 deaths globally. within the United States, there have been 220 confirmed cases of Takata-supplied airbag inflators exploding, resulting in 11 deaths along with 184 reported injuries as of December 1, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A federal grand jury has separately charged three Takata executives—Shinichi Tanaka, Hideo Nakajima along with Tsuneo Chikaraishi—with wire fraud along with conspiracy. There are six counts against each of the executives, along with Reuters reported of which arrest warrants have been issued for all three. the item was not immediately clear whether the executives are cooperating with authorities.
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Speaking in Detroit, U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade said the executives “routinely discussed in email messages” ways to “falsify reports to customers.” They called the item “X-ing the data” along with directed engineers to falsify along with manipulate statistical information, McQuade charged.