MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Takata, the Japanese company accused of making faulty airbags that blinded a woman in Minnesota, is facing a $14,000 fine for each day it didn’t cooperate in a U.S. government investigation.
There were several recorded instances of the faulty airbags deploying while the car is running, even when there hasn’t been a crash.READ MORE: Walz Announces Proposed $2.7 Billion Infrastructure And Bonding Bill
At least six people died in incidents linked to the company’s faulty airbags, and dozens more injured, including a woman from Minnesota. Shashi Chopra of North Oaks is now blind from an accident in 2013 when the passenger airbag in the family’s BMW, driven by her husband, exploded.READ MORE: Stabbing In Dodge Center Leaves 1 With Serious Injuries
The injuries stem from the force of the airbag explosion as well as the metal shrapnel that is often released in the process.MORE NEWS: Academy Of Holy Angels Sends Students Home Due To Bomb Threat
Takata has resisted recalling its airbags, although many automakers have recalled the products themselves.