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Takata refuses to extend airbag recall

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 (CNN) Troubled auto parts supplier Takata is apparently ready to defy U.S. regulators, taking no action ahead of a deadline to expand its recall of flawed airbags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Takata a midnight deadline to issue a nationwide recall in the U.S., but the company has given no indication that it intends to comply.

Until now, the recall was limited to a select number of states with high humidity levels.

The Japan-based company released a statement saying that it would work to increase production of replacement parts and meet with three former U.S. transportation officials fix the airbag issue.

Takata's decision was a focus of NHTSA, which called the response "disappointing."

"Takata shares responsibility for keeping drivers safe and we believe anything short of a national recall does not live up to that responsibility," the agency said. "We will review Takata's response in full to determine next steps."

Takata said the airbags are more likely to malfunction in high humidity areas, but NHTSA said the recall should be expanded all states.

Takata could face a fine of up to $35 million if it does not comply with NHTSA

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