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Honda, Ford to testify at U.S. Senate Takata hearing - aides

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Executives from <7267.T>, and will testify at a March 20 hearing on the ongoing massive Corp air bag inflator recalls of more than 60 million vehicles, committee aides briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

A Commerce subcommittee is holding a hearing on the largest-ever recall in automotive history that some lawmakers say is moving too slow.

The hearing will include National Highway Traffic Safety Heidi King; John Buretta, the independent monitor of the recall programme,; and Desi Ujkashevic, of Ford's automotive safety office.

said in June that it has recalled, or expected to recall, about 125 million worldwide by 2019, including more than 60 million in the in built by 19 automakers.

At least 22 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide are linked to the Takata inflators that can explode with excessive force, unleashing inside cars and trucks. The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June.

Under the bankruptcy plan, Takata is selling its non-air bag inflator businesses to Key Safety Systems, a unit of China's <600699.SS>. Joe Perkins, of Key Safety Systems, will also testify at the hearing, as will David Kelly, a former NHTSA who is of a coalition testing Takata inflators.

Last month, Ford warned 33,000 owners of older pickup trucks to stop driving them until Takata inflators can be replaced after a second death in a 2006 caused by a defective was reported. The other 20 deaths have occurred in Honda Honda issued a similar directive for some vehicles in 2016.

The office of Senator Jerry Moran, the Republican who chairs the subcommittee, said last week the hearing would review recall completion rates, the Takata bankruptcy and other efforts to get unrepaired recalled vehicles fixed.

Takata and Honda did not immediately comment.

Ford said the automaker appreciated the opportunity to testify and customer safety was a top priority.

NHTSA says just over half of the 40 million inflators recalled to date have been replaced.

Takata pleaded guilty in 2017 to a single felony count of wire fraud to resolve a investigation and agreed to a $1 billion settlement.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 03:34 IST
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