The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently slapped
Takata, one of the world's largest vehicle air bag manufacturers,
with a $70 million fine, according to a
recent article in the
New York Times. Meanwhile, automaker Honda has decided to sever its relationship with
Takata, citing the manufacturer's misrepresentations and manipulations
of test data related to its airbags.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx echoed Honda's
concerns about misrepresented data, stating in a press conference that
"delay, misdirection and a refusal to acknowledge the truth allowed
a serious problem to become a massive crisis" and that, when the
DOT first approached Takata about the problem, "there was a lot of
denial" from the manufacturer.
Takata did not dispute these claims during its own press conference, according
to the Times. A spokesperson for Honda, speaking about the decision to
split with Takata, stated that Honda's leadership believes that Takata
"was not forthcoming" during initial safety investigations,
preventing Honda from ordering more comprehensive testing.
To date, the defective airbags have been connected to eight deaths and
over 100 injuries. The metal casing on the airbag's inflater can rupture
and explode, sending metal shards ricocheting around the inside of the
vehicle while drivers and passengers are inside. Over 19 million vehicles
containing the defective Takata air bag assemblies have been recalled
in the United States; worldwide, several million more vehicles have also
Want to know more about the Takata recall?
Check out Expanded Takata Airbag Recall Goes National - New Information.
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