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Inaction on Takata scandal sullied Japanese cars' reputation

Problem deepened as founding family, automakers dragged their feet

| Japan

TOKYO -- Takata's impending bankruptcy filing in Japan may finally bring some closure to the company's drawn-out air bag debacle. But with many people having died nearly a decade on since the problem first surfaced, Japanese cars' sterling reputation for safety and quality has taken a hit.

Honda Motor -- the Tokyo-based company's biggest customer -- recalled its vehicles over related issues back in 2008. The first fatality in the U.S. caused by the rupture of a Takata air bag inflator was reported the following year. But it took until December 2014 for Honda to announce a nationwide investigative recall in America.

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