Takata ordered to release documents related to defective airbags
Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reissued an inquiry to Takata regarding their defective airbag inflaters, demanding a response by December 1st,. Takata, an airbag supplier, has been under scrutiny for the past decade due to rupturing airbags. 14 million cars have been recalled due to these faulty airbags. So far, these airbags have been blamed for three deaths and over 30 injuries, as they can rupture upon release and shoot metal shrapnel at drivers and passengers. Takata has been aware of this problem since as early as 2004, but it wasn’t until 2008 that Honda recalled around 4,200 vehicles because of the defective Takata airbags.
To prevent further scrutiny about the handling of these prolonged recalls, the NHTSA has ordered Takata to produce records documenting the production, testing, and subsequent concerns raised by automakers over the airbags. They’ve also ordered Takata to answer questions under oath regarding the airbag inflaters. David J. Friedman, the NHTSA’s deputy administrator, hopes “Takata and the manufacturers [act] quickly to increase production of replacement airbags and testing of returned airbags.”
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