June 24, 2017 10:30 am JST

Honda denies covering up faulty Takata air bags

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Honda Motor Co. on Friday denied claims it knew about Takata Corp.'s faulty air bag inflators nearly two decades ago.

The Japanese automaker released an email written in 2013 by one of its engineers suggesting he had knowledge of Takata's problems, together with an affidavit from the engineer saying that he was mistaken.

The email and affidavit were released as part of Honda's defense in a class action suit in Florida, where plaintiffs seek compensation for the lost value of vehicles due to defects in Takata air bag inflators.

Honda's move came before Takata files for bankruptcy protection, possibly next Monday, to address massive liabilities from a global recall of its air bags.

With liabilities exceeding 1 trillion yen ($9 billion), Takata's bankruptcy would be the largest by a Japanese manufacturer in the postwar period.

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