Toyota and Nissan, the first and second largest Japanese automaker have just added more than 6,5 million vehicles to the ongoing Takata airbag recall roster, signaling the safety crisis is still raging across the world.
Japan’s Takata Corp., a global auto safety parts provider, has been at the center of the second largest recall scandal last year, but its implications are still expanding, and since automakers have been recalling vehicles since 2008 for the issue, the continuations of the safety campaigns shows the recall crisis is still expanding. The auto parts maker has been delivering airbags to ten automakers that have inflators prone to explosions, which could send metal shards and other type of shrapnel inside the cabin at high velocity. The recall is on a global scale, with millions of vehicles and already confirmed deaths and dozens of injuries.
The main issue at the heart of the recalls that started way back in 2008 is that neither Takata, auto safety regulators nor the automakers have managed to find so far the root cause of the defect – with suspicions falling on wear and tear, moisture infiltration or the explosive used for the inflator to deploy the airbag in milliseconds. According to a US Senator, besides the six deaths already linked to the flaw there are also more than 105 injuries. While regulators in Japan and the United States are investigating the root cause of the defect, the group of ten carmakers has started its own probe, asking aerospace and defense company Orbital ATK to lead the testing on the Takata airbags.