Takata Corporation, a Japanese automotive parts company, revealed in a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the airbags with new flaws were made between the year 2008 to 2014.
Till the beginning of October 2014, there were over 14 million vehicle recalls has been issued, and now, the numbers reached to over 17 million vehicle recalls due to the defective Takata airbags. The report shows the details about the defects and the manufacturing dates of those defective airbags from Takata Corp.’s factories in Moclova, Mexico.
Many of the vehicle owners who drive vehicles with Takata airbags fitted inside doesn’t know the seriousness of manufacturing problems faced by the Takata Corp, which goes far beyond what it reported to the NHTSA. A recent report by Reuters details the internal Takata engineering reports, email copies and presentations which revealed the actual problems faced by the company. Those reports reveals that Takata had faced problem in imposing the company safety standards while producing the airbag inflators for over 10 years until 2011.
The NHTSA said in a statement:
“It’s unclear yet whether that would be sufficient to meet demand. We’ve requested details in writing, so we can hold them to these commitments and evaluate how much further they may need to go.”
When the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun investigating on Takata airbags in early June 2014, Takata cooperated with the US regulators to find the problem with the airbag inflator device, which helps to inflate the airbags in less than a second. Particularly, the US regulators were keen on finding the working conditions of Takata Corporation’s airbags that were produced in the year 2000 to 2007. The NHTSA was looking for the improper sealing of the airbag inflators, which could turn as dangerous as it could expose the explosive material inside the inflator to blast the airbags when an accident occurs.
The NHTSA has also ordered to geographically recall vehicles from Honda, Buick, Chevrolet, Nissan and BMW, especially from the high-humidity areas like the Gulf Coast and Florida. Meanwhile, Toyota’s recent advisory states that its more than 875,000 drivers in the United States not to seat any passengers in the front seats of few of its vehicle models.
As we said, it’s over 16 million vehicles has been recalled now, and more to come soon. Since the early June, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun the investigation, Takata Corp. was asked to replace each and every defected airbags from the vehicles in the United States, as well as in other countries as well.
It’s expected that Takata Corporation will be opening its new line of manufacturing units to keep up with the NHTSA orders in early 2015. According to the critics, the NHTSA and Takata Corp. has not moved so fast to resolve this issue. Lawyers of U.S. consumers have already asked a federal judge to speed up a class action against the Takata Corporation and four other automakers.
Earlier in a report to the NHTSA, Takata Corp stated:
“We will evaluate if their quality argument is valid. We are also reaching out to other suppliers and manufacturers to discuss the potential and risks of having those suppliers provide replacement air bags.”