Meanwhile, NHTSA is encouraging current and former employees to come forward with additional information that may aid the agency’s ongoing investigations into Takata and Honda.
“Any additional information that may aid our ongoing investigation is welcome and we encourage current or former employees to please contact NHTSA directly. Claims such as these have raised additional concerns about Takata’s handling of airbag issues and are one of the reasons we're compelling them to produce documents and answer questions,” NHTSA said in a statement.
The agency has sent subpoenas demanding that the companies answer questions under oath and produce documents related to the defective airbags. The agency’s subpoena, known as a “special order” in NHTSA terminology, to Honda seeks information dating back to 1998 while its Takata order covers back to 2000, according to the agency.
NHTSA is also investigating how Honda reports deaths and injuries that may be related to vehicle defects in its quarterly early warning reports to regulators. That investigation came after the Center for Auto Safety, a watchdog group, accused Honda of failing to report two accidents involving a death or injury caused by exploding Takata airbags last month.
“We will leave no stone unturned as we review everything we have and new information we receive,” NHTSA said.