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NHTSA Building Legal Case to Force Takata Air-Bag Recall

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U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. air bags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn’t comply with a request to expand a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working as quickly as possible to sort through tens of thousands of pages of documents from Takata, Honda Motor Co., and other automakers to build its case, David Friedman, the agency’s deputy administrator, said in an interview.