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Ford’s Takata Tech Shows Air-Bag Maker’s Hard-to-Cut Ties

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Carmakers continue to support Takata Corp. even as the Japanese auto-parts maker suffers widening scrutiny by the U.S. government over air bags blamed for five deaths, including its new push for a nationwide recall.

Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. and General Motors Co. have worked with Takata on new car features over so many years that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to quickly move to alternative suppliers, said Dave Sullivan, an analyst at AutoPacific Inc. Ford’s new Edge crossover, for example, offers a steering system co-developed with Takata, and last week, Executive Chairman Bill Ford told reporters the companies’ relationship is intact.