Mueller was the lead on a compensation fund for those affected by Takata airbags.
Company told to cease transport operations until multiple issues are addressed.
If Takata can't prove the safety of its un-recalled airbag inflators with ammonium nitrate, the US government thinks 85 million more need replacement.
According to internal documents obtained by Reuters, Honda had Takata change its airbag inflators to make them safer but didn't tell NHTSA. The decision could open the companies up to lawsuits.
Takata scandal is a "heaven-sent opportunity" for Joyson, a Chinese company, to enter airbag market. It bought a US airbag maker in February.
Takata might reduce its workforce in Europe and sell off some divisions to pay for potential recall expenses.
Volkswagen says in a letter that the company doesn't agree with NHTSA's request to recall Takata airbag inflators because the automaker believes the components in its models are safe. However, the company will still conduct the safety campaign.
A deposition by a former Takata engineer claims the company hid airbag testing failures from Honda in a report from June 2000. The company reportedly got rid off the ruptured inflators from that experiment, too.
Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Audi announced details of their Takata inflator recalls, and the campaigns affect nearly 1.7 million vehicles in the US.
VW and Audi will recall the 2015 Tiguan and Q5 to replace the Takata side airbag inflators. There's one report of an injury in a Tiguan.
Takata posted significantly higher quarterly profits this year, but its airbag inflator scandal continued to grow.
Honda and Acura will recall over 2 million models in the US to give them new driver side airbag inflators.
Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada will remain in charge of the auto supplier, which counters earlier rumors of his possible resignation.
Ford will recall 391,394 examples of the 2004-2006 Ranger to replace their driver side Takata airbag inflators.
Emails allegedly show Takata employees discussing manipulating airbag testing reports and attempting to obscure the results.
One of Takata's largest investors sold off its shares after losing confidence in the company's management during the airbag crisis. The execs refused to answer questions or provide a plan to fix things.