Takata agreed to pay $1 billion due to defective airbags
NEW YORK, January 14. /Offset. TASS Ivan sawyers/. The Japanese company Takata officially pleads guilty in connection with a malfunction of the airbags of production and will pay U.S. authorities $1 billion this is stated in a statement issued on Friday by the Prosecutor’s office in the American city of Detroit (Michigan).
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As noted in the document that Takata “has agreed to plead guilty to fraud” and “to pay $1 billion in compensation for the illegal sale of airbags with faulty pumps.” $25 million of this amount will be the fine, and $975 million will go to restitution, including payments to victims and their families . According to prosecutors, Takata ready to introduce more stringent measures of quality control, particularly in a period of three years to be monitored by independent oversight agencies that will determine whether it fulfills the terms of the agreement with the US authorities.
“The suppliers in selling their products should protect consumers from risk of injury or to die, for them, security measures should be more important than profits,” said attorney for the Eastern district of Michigan Barbara McQuade. “More than ten years, Takata, according to available data, systematically falsified the most important data obtained in the test its products for compliance with quality standards, for her profit and production plans were more important than safety,” – said the representative of the Ministry of justice, Andrew Weissman.
The Prosecutor’s office in Detroit confirmed that the three top managers Takata was indicted in connection with those violations. They are charged with fraud and conspiracy to hide data about their faults airbags. According to US authorities, these persons have misled representatives of the American automotive companies, preparing the fabricated reports, which included the information about the occurred fault.
Takata was at the center of scandal in 2014. As established by the U.S. government, made by this firm of the airbags due to a malfunction in the accident may not be disclosed properly, and to burst or shoot in the car people with pieces of metal. Due to such incidents in the world killed at least 16 people, more than 180 were injured, at least 11 of the deaths occur in the United States. Everything in the world due to problems with Takata airbags were recalled more than 100 million vehicles, 5.7 million of them in the United States.