A technician holds a recalled Takata air bag inflator. Picture: REUTERS
A technician holds a recalled Takata air bag inflator. Picture: REUTERS

Miami — Nissan Motor, BMW of North America and Ford Motor have accused Takata of fraud in a lawsuit seeking to force the airbag manufacturer to cover losses they incur because of its faulty inflators, which have been linked to at least 17 deaths.

The trio claim the embattled Tokyo-based company withheld information about the inflators that have caused airbags to rupture and injure people. The car makers are fighting consumer suits alleging they knew about the flawed devices.

"Ford [and other vehicle manufacturers] would not have purchased these airbag systems from Takata as they were had the true and accurate test data and information been communicated to Ford," the company said in its court filing. "If Ford had known of the true and accurate information and data, it would have insisted that the problems be resolved prior to installation of the airbags … or would have refused to purchase them."

Nissan and BMW made similar arguments in their filings on Friday in Miami federal court.

The new claims against Takata come at a precarious time. Kyodo News reported on March 1 that Takata might file for bankruptcy after separating healthy business units into a new company.

Bloomberg

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