UPDATE 5-Takata says it is subject of U.S. criminal probe on air bags

jueves 13 de noviembre de 2014 19:10 GYT

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By Maki Shiraki and Mari Saito

TOKYO/DETROIT, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Takata Corp is the subject of a U.S. criminal investigation over defective car air bags that have been linked to five deaths, a company spokesman said on Thursday.

A federal grand jury in New York has subpoenaed Takata's unit in the United States to produce documents on the air bag defects, the Tokyo-based spokesman said.

Separately, the U.S. Senate commerce committee scheduled a hearing next Thursday to solicit testimony from Takata executives on air bag defects, as well as from officials of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the recall process.

Defective Takata air bag inflators have been found to explode with dangerous force in accidents, sending shards of metal into the vehicle.   Continuación...