Dean Heller

The Latest: Senators question safety of replacement air bags

12:55 Replacement air bags from Takata Corp. are safe — as long as they don't have a "batwing," an executive from the company told a Senate hearing. Senators asked Takata Executive Vice President Kevin Kennedy whether consumers can be certain that the Japanese supplier isn't replacing recalled air bags with new ones that have the same defect. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., raised the possibility that replacement air bags could be recalled in the future. Takata still hasn't determined exactly why its air bags can explode with too much force. The Japanese company believes the problem is related to long-term exposure to high heat and humidity. Kennedy said the...