Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called for a federal criminal probe into Japanese auto supplier Takata, saying the company allegedly destroyed results of airbag tests. Lawmakers are demanding a recall to expand nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s basing its latest decision on an incident that happened outside of those areas. One incident in particular, happened in North Carolina where the owner of a 2007 Ford Mustang recently complained to the government about suffering an injury when an air bag malfunctioned sending a metal fragment from the air bag injured the driver’s leg.
Previously cars with the inflators had been recalled only in regions with high humidity such as Gulf Coast states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Takata has said that prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the air bag propellant to burn faster than designed, causing the problem.