Nissan Motor Co. and Takata Corp. executives responsible for quality and safety face a criminal complaint in Japan over the rupturing of a defective air bag. This is the first such case in Japan, which is the companies’ home market. The complaint was made by a female passenger injured by a Takata air bag that ruptured in a Nissan X-Trail sport utility vehicle in October. Both Nissan and Takata said they were cooperating with the investigation and have declined to comment further.
Under Japanese law, after accepting a criminal complaint and conducting an investigation, police decide whether to refer cases to prosecutors to issue an indictment. This is the first instance of legal action related to defective Takata air bags in Japan. Nissan has said the X-Trail SUV had been recalled, but not yet fixed at the time of the rupture incident. The air bag on the passenger side of the vehicle was involved.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s former president Katsuhiko Kawasoe and three other executives were found guilty in 2008 of professional negligence by a court in Japan in connection with a fatal truck accident in October 2002. All four received suspended sentences. It will be interesting to see how the current criminal complaint is handled.
Source: Bloomberg News
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