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U.S. fines Takata $14,000 per day for not cooperating on airbag probe

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U.S is fining airbag maker Takata Corp $14,000 per day starting on Friday for failing to cooperate fully with the government's investigation into the company's defective airbags.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued two orders late last year requiring Takata to provide documentation and other material related to the agency's investigation. Takata did not comply, according to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The government is accusing Takata of dumping more than 2.4 million pages of documents on NHTSA without any guide to or explanation of the content.

"As you are well aware, NHTSA has repeatedly engaged Takata and asked for the company's explanation of the content of the deluge of documents that it has produced thus far," NHTSA said in a letter to Takata lawyer Steven Bradbury.

Saying that Takata has wasted agency time and resources, NHTSA concluded in its letter that the company was neither forthcoming nor cooperative and said the fine for violating the two orders would begin on Friday.

The NHTSA has said that at least 7.8 million cars could be affected by defective Takata airbags. It is trying to determine whether Takata airbag inflators made between 2000 and 2007 were improperly sealed.

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