Takata is responsible for the largest auto recall in U.S. automotive history. The Japanese auto parts supplier has now admitted, according to a May 2015 New York Times story, that its air bags are defective. For more than ten years, Takata – a leading supplier of airbags – denied that its airbags were defective. The company issued denials even as motorists bled to death of shrapnel wounds from exploding airbags and other automakers recalled millions of cars outfitted with Takata’s products. The company has, to date, recalled some 34 million vehicles in America.
Takata November 2014 Recall expands
In November 2014, automakers issued nearly 8 million recall notices in the U.S. when it was determined that the Takata air bags were inflated with defective propellant. When an accident triggers airbag deployments, the defective propellant can cause the bags to explode and shoot metal shrapnel through the front of the vehicle. These exploding airbags are believed to have killed six people as of May 2015, while injuring more than 100.
Takata admits Airbags Defective
Lawsuits filed in the U.S. drivers have shown Takata may have known about the air bag defect as early as 2001; nevertheless, the company is only now admitting fault. The New York Times reported that in new filings with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), Takata “went beyond its previous statements that there had been some errors in manufacturing and admitted to flaws in the air bags’ design and components.”
Mechanism still unclear
Takata has not yet found the cause of the airbag defect. Along with other automakers and transportation safety officials, the Japanese auto giant is still investigating. NHTSA said in a press release that their analysis and engineering reports from independent organizations show moisture as a likely contributor to the defect. As moisture leaks into the defective inflators, they now surmise, the structure of the chemical propellant can be altered, causing it to ignite too quickly in a crash.
Honda, Chrysler, Nissan, and several other automakers have already recalled cars in the U.S. because of this exploding airbag defect.
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