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As Takata costs soar in airbag recall, files show early worries on financial toll

Documents reveal new details about how economic pressures guide company's handling of its airbag defect

The internal communications also shed new light on how much top executives in Tokyo knew and directed the company's response to the mounting deaths and injuries.

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THERE is the cold-eyed calculation of the costs of an airbag recall: US$100 each, translating to millions of dollars in expenses for Takata, the car parts supplier.

There are top executives involved in detailed discussions on how to handle the air bags that can rupture,...

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