UPDATE 6-Takata says it is subject of U.S. criminal probe on air bags

jueves 13 de noviembre de 2014 23:28 GYT

* Company says subpoena received from federal grand jury

* Honda discloses air bag-related death in Malaysia

* Pregnant woman driver died after hit by air bag shrapnel

* Honda recalls 170,000 more cars globally (Adds detail on new Mexico production lines, Malaysian fatality)

By Maki Shiraki and Mari Saito

TOKYO/DETROIT, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Takata Corp is the subject of a U.S. criminal investigation over defective car air bags that have been linked to five deaths, and executives from the Japanese company and its major client Honda Motor Co Ltd are expected to face congressional hearings in the coming week.

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

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 (NHTSA) on the vehicle recall process. Honda said it will also send a representative to testify before the Senate committee on Thursday.

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