US: automakers hold meeting to discuss and coordinate Takata airbag issue – report image

Carmakers are set to hold a meeting later today in Detroit with the objective of coordinating an industrywide investigation that seeks to find why and how Takata-produced airbag inflators have turned out faulty.

According to persons that have knowledge of the proceedings, the metro Detroit meeting has stemmed from last week’s proposal initiated by Japan’s Toyota and would seek to pool industry resources to quickly and accurately pinpoint the Takata inflators that must be replaced. The carmakers are also anxious to find the root cause of Takata airbag inflators – they rupture and send metal shards and shrapnel flying inside the cabin at high velocity. The defective inflators have led to five deaths worldwide, many injuries and no less than 13 million recalled cars in the US alone since 2008.

According to the two people that talked to Automotive News under condition of anonymity – as the meeting is not yet public – the gathering would see representatives from Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mazda and BMW. There’s no word on the exact names of the executives, but one of the sources did point towards the quality, engineering and compliance units within the companies. The group could most likely decide to call on an independent, third-party engineering company that would test and analyze faulty Takata inflators.

Via Automotive News