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(CNN) – Manufacturer Takata is under investigation, accused of covering up the potential dangers of exploding airbags for years. The new allegations were first reported by The New York Times.
At least four deaths and multiple injuries have been linked to the faulty bags. In one deadly case, police say the woman suffered what looked like stab wounds in her neck, but it is believed metal shrapnel from the exploding airbag caused her injuries.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, called on the Department of Justice Friday to open a criminal investigation.
Takata told CNN the disturbing allegations of a cover-up are false.
"Takata takes very seriously the accusations made in this article and we are cooperating and participating fully with the government investigation now underway," the company tells CNN.
The federal agency responsible for ensuring cars are safe to drive is actively investigating the airbag manufacturer, demanding internal documents and answers to specific questions under oath.
"Any additional information that may aid our ongoing investigation is welcome and we encourage current or former employees to please contact NHTSA directly. Claims such as these have raised additional concerns about Takata's handling of airbag issues," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
Lawsuits have already been filed against Takata and Honda, the automaker most affected by the faulty airbag recall. Attorneys are amending their lawsuits to include language to reflect a cover-up.