Takata Corp, the world’s second-biggest automotive safety parts manufacturer admitted it’s going to aid automakers in their recall replacements of certain airbag inflators that were discovered faulty into millions of autos from 2000 to 2007.
The automotive supplier is on its way to a safety crisis closely matching that of GM’s – which after it mishandled a defect has since recalled at least 20 million cars worldwide for various reasons – including possible safety problems.
On the other hand, Takata’s problems are equally huge, as the supplier delivers critical safety parts to many automakers, including Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker. The company sent a letter recently to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, announcing its support for replacing certain driver-side airbag inflators made between 2004 and June 2007 and some passenger side inflators that were produced between June 2000 and July 31, 2004.
“Neither Takata nor the vehicle manufacturers conducting these field actions would be expected to admit that its product contain such a (safety) defect,” said the company about the alleged possibility of airbags exploding and sending shrapnel to the car occupants.
The safety manufacturer is aiming to assist Honda, Toyota, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Mazda and Nissan, which – if the automakers are willing – would support them in servicing the faulty parts in high humid areas of Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands.