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The federal government has accused a small air bag parts maker of stonewalling an investigation into a fatal car crash, and threatened a large fine over the lack of cooperation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said ARC Automotive Inc. of Knoxville, Tennessee, has missed deadlines and failed to report crash information and test results as required by law. The allegations are contained in documents made available on the agency's website late Tuesday.

The failures "raise serious questions regarding the quality and integrity of ARC's air bag inflators," the agency wrote in an Oct. 4 letter to the company.

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