The country’s economy ministry announced it asked the local division of Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp for information about the exact car models that have been supplied with its parts – now in the middle of a scandalous worldwide recall.
The ministry further disclosed it ordered the information to be provided before the week’s end and needs it in order to have the Mexican consumer protection agency issue alerts for the drivers of the affected autos. Takata – which recently acknowledged it still has no understanding of the root cause for the defect – is now involved in a global safety crisis that saw at least 16 million vehicles worldwide recalled. The faulty airbag inflators – which could explode with excessive force, sending metal debris flying inside the cabin at high velocity – have been tied so far to five fatalities, including a pregnant woman that died along with her unborn child.
Deputy Economy Minister Rogelio Garza also added that the Mexican government has started its own investigation into the ruptured airbag inflators manufactured at Takata’s assembly facility in Monclova in northern Mexico. He also confirmed that back in August labor authorities were present at the factory, and after their inspection they issued 171 recommendations related to minor workplace safety concerns, although none of the issues was directly linked to the ongoing recall scandal.