TK Holdings Inc., the North American subsidiary of Takata Corp., has begun construction of an 18,500 ft2 expansion of its Auburn Hills, MI, facilities. The $14.6 million investment will include North America's first automotive supplier servo-controlled crash simulation sled with advanced pitching capabilities, according to the company. Testing at the new area will focus on automotive occupant safety restraint systems for high-speed frontal- and side-impact. The company claims the sled crash simulation equipment is the most advanced available from any automotive supplier in North America. Takata estimates a one-year build-out and the creation of 40 new high-tech jobs within TK Holdings Inc. as a result of the new testing capabilities.