November 5th, 2015|
Takata, one of the world’s largest airbag manufacturers, took a heavy blow this week as Honda ended its contract with Takata on the grounds that the airbag company “misrepresented and manipulated test data.”
What’s worse for Takata, in addition to the loss of Honda as a client, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a $70 million dollar fine for not disclosing the known defects and recalling their products in a timely manner, according to the New York Times.
NHTSA Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, said, “in several instances, Takata produced testing reports that contained selective, incomplete, or inaccurate data. Delay, misdirection and a refusal to acknowledge the truth allowed a serious problem to become a massive crisis.” Takata spokesman, Jared Levy, did not discount the accusations of falsifying data.
Eight deaths and more than 100 injuries have been caused by defective Takata airbags, according to research by the New York Times. The metal casing on the airbags can explode causing shrapnel to fly towards the driver and passengers. Over 19 million vehicles in the United States alone have been recalled, along with millions more around the world.