A U.S. Senate staff report has been published claiming that safety audits at two factories involved in the manufacture of faulty airbags were suspended for two years. One of the factories, located in Mexico, assembles the airbags while the Washington plant produces components. Manchester residents may have previously read that the defective airbags are thought to have resulted in eight deaths and over a hundred injuries worldwide and has led to approximately 34 million vehicles being recalled in the U.S.
Takata, the company manufacturing the airbags, denied that safety reviews at the factories were stopped at any time and criticised the report for using inaccurate sources and creating false impressions. A Senate committee hearing regarding the defective airbags is due to take place in June when personnel from organisations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Takata, Honda and Fiat Chrysler will be questioned.