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Quest to save a few dollars per air bag led to a deadly crisis

GM supplier Autoliv recalls how it was asked to match Takata's cheaper design in the late 1990s or risk losing carmaker's business

"General Motors told us they were going to buy Takata's inflaters unless we could make a cheaper one," Ms Rink said. "That set off a big panic on how to compete."

New York

IN THE late 1990s, General Motors got an unexpected and enticing offer. A little-known Japanese supplier, Takata, had designed a much cheaper automotive air bag.

GM turned to its air bag supplier - the Swedish-American company Autoliv - and asked it to match the cheaper

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