The country’s transport ministry decided to build a special team that would deal with the consequences of the airbag-recall scandal surrounding Takata Corp.
Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta also said that the new task force would deal with any airbag related recall and in the case of the Takata campaigns he urges the company and implicated automakers to hasten the process of replacing the potentially faulty Takata-produced airbag inflators.
Millions of cars worldwide and around 10 million in the US alone have been recalled because they are equipped with potentially faulty Takata airbags, in which the inflator could explode with excessive force, spraying metal debris and shrapnel inside the cabin at high velocity.
According to the Japanese transport ministry, around 1.37 million vehicles were also affected in the country and brought in at the dealers for the fixes as of the end of September, while the total number of recalled cars with airbag-related problems is 2.37 million units. Currently, in the US the third-largest Japanese automaker – Honda – and Takata are facing probes, with a US senate subcommittee hearing held last week. The auto safety parts supplier also faces more than 20 class actions and an investigation by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.