Evidence Takata Manipulated Airbag Test

Former Insurance Institute for Highway Safety president Brian O’Neill was recently commissioned by Takata and Honda to audit over a decade of airbag inflator tests – only to find the company “routinely manipulated results” according to Bloomberg News. O’Neill reported on what he termed “selective editing” of test results by Takata who, if found solely at fault for the recent string of airbag related injuries and fatalities, could be facing more than $10 billion in expenses.

Takata airbags are the first vehicle part to be proactively recalled by the NHTSA due to design defects that increase the risk for debris and shrapnel to be expelled during deployment. To date, Takata airbags are linked to 100 serious injuries and 10 deaths in the United States.

Multiple recalls have been issued for Takata airbags, but not all vehicle owners will receive notification. Makes impacted by the recall include:

  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Toyota

Click here to be taken to the NHTSA page listing all makes and model years impacted.

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