In a Bloomberg article, the Takata Corp. air-bag recall, which is already affecting a dozen automakers in the U.S., may widen as the U.S. heightens its scrutiny. “Everyone’s got to be vigilant,” Foxx said in an interview Monday at a U.S.-Japan Council conference in Tokyo. “Even though our focus has been on the 12 manufacturers that we know pose a risk to safety of our consumers, it doesn’t preclude companies from doing their own testing. Our investigation remains open, so I wouldn’t preclude the possibility that other OEMs would be affected.”
Already connected to eight deaths related to the air-bag recall, Takata Corp. is trying to diversify its business to include aircraft components and recently started to supply seat belts to Japan's All Nippon Airways Co.
Volkswagen, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover and Tesla Motors are among carmakers still using Takata air bags with ammonium nitrate, a chemical propellant that U.S. safety regulators are no longer confident in.
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