Ranking Member Nelson Statement on Grand Jury Indictment of Takata Executives

January 13, 2017

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson issued the following statement in response to the indictments of three Takata executives for concealing defects in the companies airbag inflators:

“Companies have a responsibility to ensure the products they make are safe for consumers,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee.  “These indictments send a strong message that if company executives knowingly put deadly products on the market, they will held accountable for their actions.”    

Nelson unveiled a report last February that found widespread manipulation of airbag inflator test data by Takata employees, with some occurring after the recalls began.