Takata air bags were adopted in late 1990s to save a few dollars per vehicle
According to a new report from The New York Times, General Motors started using air bags supplied by Takata in the late 1990s as a cost-saving measure even after receiving warnings about their safety. Takata's air bag modules were reportedly 30 percent cheaper than its competitors' offerings. GM approached Autoliv, which until that time had been its main airbag supplier, to see if it could offer a competitively priced alternative to Takata.
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