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Feds slam Japanese maker of faulty airbags

David Lazarus runs down the top consumers stories of the day.

For a quick take on the latest consumer news, check out Friday's Consumer Confidential segment on KTLA-TV:

Airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cracks down on Japan's Takata for not cooperating with federal investigators. Takata's airbags have been implicated in the deaths of at least five people. There's a danger they can explode and spread shrapnel throughout the car, officials say. The company has been told to pay $14,000 a day until it straightens up and flies right.

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Cable. Time Warner Cable is in hot water after using a really filthy word in a letter to a California customer. The company says it's shocked to learn the word was somehow inserted and says it will provide a year of free service to make amends. A Comcast customer had a similar experience recently with that cable giant. Seems like these guys need to do something about their potty mouths.

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