Original story: 9/28/16
Takata and the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) are in settlement talks to resolve criminal allegations surrounding their airbags. In the largest recall in history, almost 100 million Takata airbags were found to be defective. The bags would unexpectedly discharge in high humidity conditions due to the ammonium nitrate in the airbag inflators. As a result of the faulty airbags, 14 people died and over 150 were injured.
Criminal charges are expected to be filed. Investigators discovered the company made misleading statements and concealed information about the airbags. Further investigations of wire fraud are being conducted. The DoJ is expected to impose financial penalties on Takata also. Source: Reuters: Takata in talks with DoJ to resolve criminal allegations: WSJ
If you or someone you know may have a Takata airbag installed in your car, please visit: Airbag Recall
Update: 10/20/16: Honda & Acura owners
Owners of certain 2001 to 2003 model year Hondas or Acuras could have a potentially deadly Takata airbag inflator. Anyone with those cars should go to an authorized dealer to replace their airbag. The repair will be at no cost to the owner.
Honda and Acura owners can check for recalls by entering their vehicle identification number, or VIN, located in the top left corner of the car’s dashboard, into the VIN check on www.safercar.gov.
Consumers can call 1-888-234-2138 for repair information. Source: Bradenton Herald: Airbag recall for Honda and Acura car owners