Ford Motor Co had in the petition requested to delay recalling about 3 million vehicles with potentially defective air bag inflators to conduct additional testing. It did not immediately say if it planned to challenge the NHTSA's decision.
The Tokyo-based car parts giant is facing lawsuits and huge costs over an airbag defect linked to at least 16 deaths globally. News reports have said its liabilities would exceed one trillion yen ($9 billion).
The car parts manufacturer is now worth less than a quarter of its value as it faces liabilities over airbag defects.
Four car manufacturers have agreed to a $553 million deal with Japan's Takata over the defective airbags that were blamed for 16 deaths and resulted in the recall of 16 million vehicles.
US Transportation Department confirms automakers recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators.
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