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Volkswagen Fought Takata Recall, NHTSA Docs Show

Law360, New York (February 12, 2016, 7:20 PM EST) -- Documents recently posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show Volkswagen resisted recalling approximately 850,000 vehicles over the potential for air bags supplied by Takata to rupture and spray shrapnel at passengers, calling the recalls “overbroad.”

In the documents, filed with two NHTSA recalls posted online since Thursday, Volkswagen Group of America pointed out that all of the known field ruptures so far have involved Takata Corp. inflators made at plants in LaGrange, Georgia, and Monclova, Mexico, that didn’t have appropriate air conditioning and humidity controls. But Volkswagen received most Takata inflators from a plant in Freiberg, Germany.

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