The Mexican government identified 171 minor problems at the factory owned by Japan’s Takata Corp – though none of the lapses have anything to do with the supplier’s airbag crisis.
Anyways, the auto safety parts maker announced that it would move to fix the lapses identified by the Mexican investigators at the plant by January. Interestingly enough, Toyota – the world’s largest automaker – prevented its employees from visiting the same factory because of yet to be disclosed safety concerns. Only a month ago, the automaker reported to a US regulator that a review of the plant by its employees “was not possible due to internal travel restrictions for the safety of our associates.” Alby Berman, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based company, said that Takata only needs to still address 26 of 171 identified health and safety issues at the facility.
According to Takata, of the 171 issues, just four were “non-conformance” lapses, while the others were just observations or opportunities for improvement. Still, observers, such as Jochen Siebert, managing director at JSC Automotive Consulting say the case “kind of raises a red flag,” especially considering Toyota’s refusal to send its own employees on-site. The plant in Monclova, Mexico, is currently producing replacement kits to be used in the ongoing airbag recalls.