Takata, the Japanese auto supplier, has failed to take any action on the demand by the United States regulators to expand the recall of defective airbags.
The company, last week, was issued an ultimatum by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand the recall beyond a limited geographic region to the rest of the world or face further legal action and the penalties that would follow. Takata was given until midnight to comply.
In a statement released on Tuesday morning, Shigehisa Takada, Chief Executive said “We recognize that N.H.T.S.A. has urged Takata and our customers to support expansions of the current regional campaigns in the United States.”
Over 14 million cars worldwide have been recalled by eleven car makers, including 11 million in the United States, to repair the airbags.
At least five deaths were reported due to the faulty airbags which explode violently when they deploy, accessing the mental fragments in to the cabin. All the deaths occurred in the vehicles made by Honda, Takata’s largest customer.
The company said that it would work with the manufacturers to expand the flexibility of Takata’s replacement program which will help in increasing the production of parts to repair vehicles.
Takada said, “Examining the possible use of competitor products as replacement wherever safe and feasible.”