Takata CEO Publicly Apologizes for Defective Airbags

 Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker Takata Corp. Chairman and CEO Shigehisa Takada speaks during a press conference regarding the expanding recall of his company's air bags, in Tokyo, June 25, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo)

Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker Takata Corp. Chairman and CEO Shigehisa Takada speaks during a press conference regarding the expanding recall of his company’s air bags, in Tokyo, June 25, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo)

For the first time since problems began to emerge with the company’s airbags, the CEO of Takata Corp. apologized publicly today and then deeply bowed for the deaths and injuries linked to the defective airbags, which brought about the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

“We apologize deeply for the great amount of concern and inconvenience we caused to everyone,” Shigehisa Takada said today during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan. “What is necessary for me to do now, as mentioned earlier, is to handle the problem properly, and deliver our customers’ safety. That is my priority, first and foremost.”

Takata’s airbags have been at the center of controversy with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since the company’s airbags were linked to at least five deaths, and more than 100 injuries in the U.S., according to DOT. The number of fatalities is now at eight worldwide. NHTSA said it was also gathering information regarding the April death of a Louisiana woman whose 2005 Honda Accord crashed into a utility pole.

Her family’s lawsuit against Honda and Takata states that a recall of the vehicle and airbag was received by mail April 7, two days after her accident and two days before her death.

Earlier this month, the family-owned Japanese company admitted that it had been making potentially defective airbags.

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SOURCE: ABC News

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