Takata to pay $1 billion to settle U.S. air bag investigation

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Takata air bag recalls

Takata Corp is anticipated to plead guilty to criminal misbehavior as early as Friday as part of a $1 billion settlement with the United States Justice Department over its management of air bag ruptures connected to 16 deaths worldwide, sources stated.

The settlement consists of a $25 million criminal fine, $125 million in victim settlement and $850 million to compensate car manufacturers who have suffered losses from enormous recalls, the sources stated.

The settlement likewise requires an independent screen of the Japanese vehicle parts producer. It might assist Takata win financial backing from an investor to possibly reorganize and spend for huge liabilities from the world’s biggest automobile safety recall.

In 2015, Takata confessed in a different $70 million settlement with U.S. automobile safety regulators that it understood a flaw in its air bag inflators however did not provide a prompt recall.

It confessed supplied the regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with “selective, insufficient or incorrect information” going back a minimum of 6 years as well as supplied car manufacturers with selective, insufficient or incorrect information.

The wire fraud charge is anticipated to be submitted in U.S. District Court in Detroit. The Justice Department is thinking about calling Ken Feinberg, a long time settlement adviser, to supervise the Takata settlement funds. He refused to discuss Thursday.

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