Japan’s Takata Corp is at the center of a growing auto safety crisis. Involved in the recalls of millions of cars since 2008, the auto safety supplier needs to make airbag replacement kits for ten automakers.
Besides the fact that it refused to comply with a US safety regulator order to expand to a nationwide level safety campaigns undertaken in certain humid regions, Takata has now been warned by the Mexican government that it needs to make 171 changes to improve both health and safety at the factory producing the much needed replacement parts.
The nation’s labor ministry said in a document dated December 1 that was seen by Bloomberg that during an August 13 inspection of the plant in Monclova, Mexico, issues arose with Takata’s failure to comply with a self-management program on health and safety in the workplace. The automakers need Takata’s Mexico factory to be up and running, as it produces the replacement airbag kits for the millions of cars recalled worldwide. The plant and another two in the US have been identified as contributing factors (due to failures in manufacturing and quality control) that lead to defective deployment of airbag inflators, which explode with too much force and send metal shards flying inside the cabin at high velocity.