WASHINGTON, D.C. - They're calling it the battle of the bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wanted the Takata corporation to recall millions of potentially defective airbags on cars nationwide by midnight last night. But with the deadline come and gone and the company refusing to comply, Takata executives are finding themselves in the hotseat before a congressional panel in Washington. And with drivers who want their cars to be safe.
"The airbags are exploding, you see all these people getting hurt and you made something messed up, you're supposed to do something about it," Houstonian Mike Madison lamented at the news.
Chris Ridge agrees. "We're spending money with them, so I think they should come out and fix the cars for us."
Takata agreed to a limited recall back in June when it was learned their airbags could explode, injuring drivers and sending shrapnel throughout the car. But when regulators asked them to expand the recall nationwide, executives balked, leaving the various car manufacturers who use their products holding the bag. Honda, Takata's biggest customer, is stepping up to the plate and agreeing to expand its recall with or without the manufacturer's help.