Takata Inspects Suppliers Due to Recall
The recall was issued in regard to an airbag inflator defect that has been linked to four deaths in the United States and a fifth death in Malaysia.
Takata’s Response to Airbag Recall
Though Takata has remained relatively silent about the global airbag recall, the pressure they face is clear.
At the top of the industry in Japan, Takata oversees and works with more than 100 local manufacturers, most of whom are local family businesses. Moreover, Takata runs about 55 factories throughout 20 countries, supplying auto safety equipment to the most successful automakers in the world.
In June, Takata stated that they had been too lenient with their international suppliers as parts were in high demand in a time of fast growth for Takata. In October, they followed up with their plan to audit and inspect all firms and suppliers by early 2015.
Takata has not offered any other comments on their plans of handling the suppliers in regard to the recall.
About the Takata Airbag Recall
- In April 2013, Takata announced that defects in some of their airbags could cause the units to deploy incorrectly, potentially rupturing and ejecting sharp metal shards.
- The airbags were initially assumed to deteriorate and cause a safety hazard in highly humid areas, but the cause of the malfunction has yet to be identified by the supplier.
- Over 20 million vehicles have been recalled from 11 automakers around the world, including Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and BMW.
- The recall has been linked to five deaths and numerous injuries in the United States. All 5 deaths are associated with Honda Motor Co. vehicles.
- Takata is suspected to have been aware of the defect for over a decade before reporting it to a federal safety agency.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice are currently investigating the allegedly delayed airbag recall