In a letter to Kevin Kennedy, Takata’s executive vice president for North America, Blumenthal and Markey said the circumstances surrounding the rupture in the Tiguan “directly undercuts Takata’s continued insistence -- despite growing evidence to the contrary -- that the flaws in its airbag inflators are limited to prior designs in older model cars and only present when the airbags have prolonged exposure to extremely humid conditions.”
The senators also expressed “deep concern over the obfuscation and delay” by Takata amid its search for a root cause of the defect.
The two are among the most vocal Takata critics on Capitol Hill. The two grilled Kennedy during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in June, in which Blumenthal told Kennedy that Takata should establish a compensation fund for victims who have been injured or killed by ruptured airbags. Takata declined to do so.
Reuters contributed to this report.