On Tuesday, November 3, Honda Motor Company made the decision to drop its
longtime business partner, Takata, as its airbag supplier. This decision
comes after more than 30 million vehicles manufactured between 2002-2014
were recalled for an airbag defect that was determined to be the result
of poor quality control in manufacturing, among other causes. Long-term
exposure to high heat and humidity has also been found to have played
a role in the airbag malfunction.
At the root of the problem is the airbag’s metal casing, called the
inflator, which is loaded with propellants. In some cases, these propellants
have ignited with explosive force, causing metal shards to shoot throughout
the passenger cabin in the event of a crash. For a device designed to
save lives, this is a dangerous outcome. Eight deaths and over 100 injures
have resulted from Takata’s defective airbags.
Takata now faces an enormous fine totaling $70 million for failing to disclose
defects in its airbags in a timely manner. This penalty could increase
by $130 million if the manufacturer does not comply with the terms of
the consent order.
Honda cites “misrepresentation and manipulation of test data”
as one of the prime reasons behind their decision to part ways with Takata.
In many scenarios, Takata was found to have produced testing reports containing
“selective, incomplete, or inaccurate data.” When the airbag
issue was first discovered, Takata refused to acknowledge it, allowing
a serious yet manageable problem to escalate into a massive crisis. At
a news conference this past Wednesday, Takata’s senior vice president
for global quality assurance continued to deny that the company’s
engineers did anything to manipulate data.
Read more about the airbag recall
Orlando Car Accident Attorneys
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