November 5th, 2015|
Takata, one of the world’s largest airbag manufacturers, took a heavy blow this week as Honda ended their contract on the grounds that the airbag company “misrepresented and manipulated test data.”
What’s worse for Takata, in addition to the loss of Honda as a client, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a $70 million dollar fine for not disclosing the known defects and recalling their products in a timely manner.
NHTSA Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, said, “in several instances, Takata produced testing reports that contained selective, incomplete, or inaccurate data. Delay, misdirection and a refusal to acknowledge the truth allowed a serious problem to become a massive crisis.” Takata spokesman, Jared Levy, did not discount the accusations of falsifying data.
According to research by the New York Times, defective Takata airbags caused eight deaths and more than 100 injuries. The metal casing on the airbags can explode, sending shrapnel flying towards the driver and passengers. Over 19 million vehicles in the United States alone have been recalled, along with millions more around the world.