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Automakers Discuss Takata Recall in Detroit

Bonnie Harp2 years ago

According to Automotive News, automakers from around the world gathered in Detroit last Thursday to join forces in the ongoing investigation of the Takata airbag inflator recall that has been associated with five deaths and dozens of injuries since 2008.

Automakers Meet in Detroit

Several automakers congregated in Detroit last week to assumingly discuss a plan of action concerning the Takata airbag recall.

Toyota Motor Corp. reportedly suggested the meeting to efficiently recall affected vehicles from relevant automakers as soon as possible. It is expected that they will select an engineering firm to objectively test and analyze Takata inflators. Takata will also be involved in said testing.

As Takata has proven faulty in their response and resistance to the recall, automakers believe combining industry resources will offer trustworthy answers to the cause of the airbag malfunction.

U.S. Senators have recently contacted Takata CEO, Shigegisa Takada in efforts to retrieve documents verifying the Japanese supplier’s adherence to design and performance standards.

Honda recently responded to the recall by launching a worldwide safety campaign that is committed to recalling vehicles worldwide to eliminate safety hazards and protect consumers. The automaker has expanded its recall accordingly, recalling nearly 9 million vehicles worldwide.

Automaker representatives that attended the meeting remain unidentified at this time.

About the Takata Airbag Recall

  • In April 2013, Takata announced a defect with airbag inflators claiming affected airbags could deploy incorrectly, causing metal shards to shoot at the passenger(s).
  • Over 20 million vehicles have been recalled from 11 automakers around the world.
  • Automakers affected include Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mazda and BMW.
  • Takata is suspected to have been aware of the defect for over a decade before reporting it to a federal safety agency.
  • The airbags were initially assumed to deteriorate and cause a safety hazard in highly humid areas.
  • Tension is rising between Takata and The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTA) since the supplier resisted a mandated recall expansion.
  • The NHTA and U.S. Department of Justice are currently investigating the allegedly delayed airbag recall.

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