Takata Asks $7.5 Million Over Air Bag Part Supplier Defects
June 26, 2019—Takata Corp. sued ARC automotive, an air bag inflator supplier, seeking at least $7.5 million for ARC’s alleged sales of defective parts that triggered a major GMC safety recall, reports Law 360.
The five-count suit accused ARC of breaching its contract, express and implied warranties and product fitness warranties, as well as a count for supplying goods with manufacturing defects.
Takata filed for bankruptcy in June 2017 after a deadly series of explosive failures involving air bags it supplied to automakers. Remnants of the company's businesses were sold for $1.6 billion to Key Safety Systems Inc., with estate proceeds to be used to compensate victims of what became the largest automotive recall in American history.
Tennessee-based ARC, which supplied side airbag inflators to Takata, was reportedly under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as far back as July 2015, a month after Takata recalled 33.8 million faulty air bags.