Blumenthal Statement on Takata Refusal to Establish Victim’s Compensation Fund

At Recent Commerce Committee Hearing, Sen. Blumenthal Called On Company To Establish Fund To Compensate Victims Of Lethal Airbag Defect

(Hartford, CT) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement on Takata Corporation’s refusal to establish a compensation fund for the victims and families of victims that have been injured or killed as a result of the company’s defective airbags:

I am astonished and deeply disappointed by Takata's refusal to establish a victim’s compensation fund – even after 100 injuries and eight deaths attributed to its defective airbags, numbers almost certain to rise.  Takata is apparently unwilling to acknowledge its responsibility for these tragic deaths and injuries, or do justice for victims and their loved ones. I will press Takata to reconsider this callous misjudgment, and do right by the innocent victims of its harm

Takata notified Blumenthal of their decision in a letter, following his calls on the company to do so during a Commerce Committee hearing last month.