UPDATE 1-Takata warns of bigger loss, says air bag customers not cancelling

jueves 6 de noviembre de 2014 05:05 GYT

* Takata revises FY net loss fcast to 25 bln yen (from 24 bln)

* Air bag maker passes on dividend for first time

* Takata H1 net loss 35.24 bln yen vs yr-ago profit

* Daicel raises FY op profit fcast to 47 bln yen (from 41 bln)

* Daicel says no talks on new air bag orders (Updates with Takata, Daicel results, exec comments, share prices)

By Mari Saito and Maki Shiraki

TOKYO, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Takata Corp, whose potentially defective air bags have been linked to four deaths in the United States, warned of a bigger full-year loss and skipped its dividend - the first time it did not offer a payout since it listed in 2006.

The Japanese automotive safety equipment maker has been beset by chronic problems with defective inflators in its air bags, which can explode with excessive force and spray metal shards inside the vehicle. The air bags, used by many leading car makers, are the focus of an U.S. regulatory probe and have prompted the recall of some 17 million cars worldwide in the past six years.

Before a packed briefing room at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Yoichiro Nomura, executive vice president and chief financial officer, bowed in apology to customers affected by the recalls. "We would like to apologise for worrying and concerning all our customers, automakers and shareholders who have been affected by repeated recalls of cars with our air bags," he said.   Continuación...