Takata aware of its airbags issues since 2000, report says image

Takata’s employees have expressed their concerns about the manipulation of data about its airbags from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, and the company has ignored them.

New revelations in Takata’s massive airbags problems have brought to light the fact that the Japanese auto supplier did not take account of employees’ concerns about manipulated data provided to Honda Motor about its inflators from as early as 2000. This new lead come after a report in The Wall Street Journal, confirmed to Automotive News by a person familiar with the matter. Some “internal Takata documents” obtained by the newspaper reveals employee expressed their worries about company covering up the failed safety tests and giving Honda misleading reports in its airbags. “Takata deeply regrets the problems that occurred with these validation tests and reports,” the company said in a statement today. “These lapses were and are totally incompatible with Takata’s engineering standards and protocols, and we sincerely apologize to our customers, our regulators, and the driving public.”

I believe the company also deeply regrets some documents from November 2000 sent to Honda by US employees in “a group called Inflation Systems Inc.” detail purported “inconsistencies” in a Takata report on airbag inflators sent to Honda in June 2000, the Journal reported; or other documents from 2005 written by US Takata engineer Bob Schubert who pointed out the altered information on different Takata inflators, according to the Journal. The article also cites a May 2010 “Takata presentation (that) cited inaccurate reporting of a good ‘safety factor’ measurement to Honda and other alterations.”

Via Automotive News