Takata Corp’s massive airbag recall is considered the largest U.S. recall in automotive history, affecting tens of millions of vehicles and responsible for at least 8 deaths. The airbags, which are prone to spontaneously exploding and spewing metal shrapnel into the car’s interior, have been installed in roughly 20 million vehicles in the U.S.—the...Read more
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After Honda announced in early July 2015 a 4.5 million-vehicle recall in cars and trucks equipped with Takata-made airbags, the total number of vehicles with faulty airbag inflators has ballooned to over 57.5 million worldwide. The defective inflators are prone to causing airbags to spontaneously explode, spewing metal shrapnel into the vehicle at...Read more
In a long overdue public address, Takata Corp.’s chief executive Shigehisa Takada apologized for his company’s defective airbags that have claimed at least eight lives and injured 130 others. “I feel a heavy responsibility,” Takada said of the faulty airbags installed in about 35 million vehicles that are prone exploding, yet maintained that Takata products...Read more
Archived emails from Japanese auto parts-maker Takata Corp’s top executives have surfaced, indicating that the company halted safety audits of its airbag problems as early as 2009 due to costs, four years before the first recall. Takata’s defective airbag inflators, which are responsible for as many as 34 million vehicles being recalled,...Read more