Takata Corporation announced that it potentially distributed defective airbag inflators to another set of Japanese automakers, this time being in question the cars of Subaru and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
The Japanese auto safety parts maker, the second largest in the world, has been struggling with an ongoing defect that has surfaced a few years ago – with at least 10 million cars recalled over the past five years. The defective airbags – which are supposed to save our lives – have been equipped with malfunctioning inflators, which explode with too much force, potentially sending shrapnel flying through the car’s cabin.
In the United States, after a request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), no less than seven carmakers announced they would move to recall some of their vehicles that were sold in high-humidity regions of the country to asses whether the climate could also favor the deployment of the faulty air bag inflators supplied by Takata.
Takata said that in addition to the seven, the NHTSA should also caution two other automakers – namely Subaru and Mitsubishi – for the issue, saying in a letter sent to the agency that “we have determined that two additional vehicle manufacturers received some of the covered inflators.” Still, the company has not yet admitted these “regional campaigns” would actually address a proven “safety defect” in the airbags.