US: FCA moving away from Takata to TRW for replacement airbags image

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the third largest US automaker and the seventh biggest in the world is going to announce in front of today’s Senate panel hearing that it’s going to change the supplier for replacement airbags.

The company is moving away from Takata Corp. to TRW Automotive for the replacement of 4.1 million vehicles driver-side airbag inflators – a major change that could be the single largest jump of the business to a rival component maker among the eleven automakers that have been affected by the Takata recall of defective airbag inflators. The Japanese auto safety supplier, alongside eleven automotive partners has announced the recall of almost 34 million autos in the US – the largest single-product safety campaign in the country’s history. The airbags, tied to eight fatalities and hundreds of injuries, can explode with too much force and spray metal shards and other debris inside the cabin at high velocity. “Despite the lack of a root cause determination to date, FCA’s mission to identify and implement solutions that will improve the safety of our customers has not been delayed,” commented FCA US’s senior vice president Scott G. Kunselman in a written testimony that would be presented to the Senate Commerce Committee.

The testimony will add that all driver-side inflators affected by the recall would now be replaced with parts delivered through “an alternate and permanent design provided by TRW.” The third largest US automaker had to recall 4.07 million vehicles equipped with Takata driver-side airbags. Around 50,000 vehicles that already got Takata replacement parts would be recalled once more to get the TRW replacement kits, added the company.

Via The Detroit News