Wednesday 28 September 2016

Takata: we will be able to ride out storm over faulty airbags

Published 23/09/2015 | 02:30

Child-sized crash-test dummies are displayed at Takata's current crash-testing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan
Child-sized crash-test dummies are displayed at Takata's current crash-testing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan

Millions of 'airbag recalls' later and I finally get to talk, face-to-face, with someone from Takata.

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Can they survive the enormous financial implications of all these recalls?

The spokesperson on the stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show told me: "Takata has a strong financial position and is fully able to manage through the current situation."

They have poured "vast resources" into trying to establish why the airbag inflators ruptured on cars. They've tested more than 90,000 inflators so far.

And along with independent research, they found that "long-term exposure over a period of many years to a climate of persistent heat and high absolute humidity" are the primary factors in causing the malfunctions.

As you know millions and millions of cars have been recalled globally due to faults in the devices which inflate airbags in an accident.

How many more there will be is impossible to predict at this stage.

But Takata say they will publicly divulge the findings and recommendations of an independent review of its current manufacturing procedures.

Whether or not that spells the end of recalls remains to be seen.

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