According to a recent report coming from the Wall Street Journal, the Japanese automaker Honda has decided to open negotiations with two other safety equipment suppliers.
The third-largest carmaker in Japan is the biggest client for Takata Corp., the auto safety systems supplier involved in a scandal because of defective airbags that have so far caused five fatalities – all in Honda vehicles. Since 2008 – with millions recalled in the US alone since 2013 – several automakers have recalled Takata equipped cars because of possibly defective airbag inflators – they could explode with excessive force, sending shrapnel inside the cabin at high velocity.
Because the supplier has said on numerous occasions that it’s still ramping up the production of replacement kits for the defective parts, Honda looks ready to tap other suppliers to assist in quickly stocking up the necessary inflators – told the Wall Street Journal sources that have knowledge of the talks. That’s immediately after Takata’s senior vice president for global quality assurance, Hiroshi Shimizu, acknowledged in front of a US Senate subcommittee hearing that the company might not be able to produce enough parts to satisfy existing demand. According to Reuters, so far at least 16 million cars have been recalled on the issue globally, with the largest number – over 10 million units – located in the United States.