UPDATE 4-U.S. says Takata response to nationwide air bag recall order "disappointing"

miércoles 3 de diciembre de 2014 00:24 GYT

* Takata shares responsibility for driver safety - NHTSA

* NHTSA to consider next steps after Takata response

* Takata CEO leaves decision for expanded recall to automakers

* Honda says "seriously considering" nationwide recall (Recasts with U.S. regulator reaction, Takata stance)

By Ben Klayman and Chang-Ran Kim

DETROIT/TOKYO, Dec 2 (Reuters) - U.S. auto safety regulators said Takata Corp's response to an order to expand a recall nationwide was "disappointing", critising the Japanese auto parts supplier for shirking responsibility over its potentially deadly air bags.

Takata, at the centre of a global recall of more than 16 million cars in the past six years, had until Tuesday to respond to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) order to expand a regional recall and replace driver-side air bags from across the United States.

Takata has not made its response to NHTSA public, but a spokeswoman in Tokyo said the contents echoed a statement by the company's chief executive on Tuesday. In that statement, Shigehisa Takada left the decision for a nationwide recall up to automakers, and made no mention of whether Takata was admitting that its air bag inflators were defective, as ordered by NHTSA last week.

"Takata shares responsibility for keeping drivers safe, and we believe anything short of a national recall does not live up to that responsibility," NHTSA said in an email to Reuters. The regulator said it would review Takata's response to determine its next steps.   Continuación...