After it was revealed that the inflators in its airbags could over-pressurize and rupture during an auto accident, spraying shrapnel at the vehicle’s occupants, Takata Corp. issued a recall of the defective auto components. To date, 11 carmakers have issued Takata airbag recalls for almost 20 million vehicles.
Despite the flood of recalls, a recent piece in The Japan Times makes it sound like the Takata airbag issue has no easy solution. According to the Times, because Takata is taking its time to conduct test after test in determining what is causing the trouble with its airbags and has limited its recall to humid and warm regions of the United States, it could be a while before the source of the defect is found and all of the vehicles are fixed.
“It is always important to establish steps to address a problem in the bud, but they always fail to do that,” Takaki Nakanishi, an automobile analyst for Nakanishi Research Institute, told the Times when asked about Takata’s response to the problems with its airbags.
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Did You Know? The Honda Motor Co. is airbag manufacturer Takata Corp.’s biggest customer, according to The Japan Times.
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