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A security guard stands by child seats, manufactured and displayed by Takata Corp. at a Toyota showroom in Tokyo, Nov. 6, 2014.
A security guard stands by child seats, manufactured and displayed by Takata Corp. at a Toyota showroom in Tokyo, Nov. 6, 2014. Shizuo Kambayashi—AP

Air Bag Manufacturer Behind Recalls Hid Flunked Safety-Test Results: Reports

Nov 07, 2014

Under-fire Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata reportedly hid the results of 2004 tests that revealed their products could rupture and cause injury or death.

Technicians involved in the secret testing of 50 Takata air bags were ordered to delete the data from their computers and dispose of the air bags used, two employees revealed to the New York Times.

The manufacturer reportedly only revealed the problems to regulators four years later.

Faulty air bags produced by the Tokyo-based firm have since led to the recalls of more than 14 million automobiles worldwide.

Read more at the New York Times.

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