After Honda, Toyota and Mazda the Japanese automaker Nissan also drops Takata airbags inflators.
On Saturday Nissan announced it is severing its ties with Takata airbags. The Japanese automaker will not use the airbag inflators made by Takata Corp. Nissan has become part of a large club to have dropped Takata as a supplier.
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Previously Honda, Toyota and Mazda motors all fired the Japanese auto parts supplier Takata. Nissan announced it will no longer use the airbag inflators by Takata in any of their cars. Faulty Takata airbag inflators has resulted in one of the biggest auto recalls in history.
According to Nissan they have decided to no longer use the Takata inflators in their future car models. The Takata inflators contained ammonium nitrate which caused airbags to burst on collision.
The rupture of the airbag sent metal shrapnel flying around the car cabin. The shrapnel have so far resulted in eight deaths and a hundred injuries. Takata shares already fell by 6.2 percent in Tokyo trading on Friday.
"In line with the recent announcement from the United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we have decided to no longer use inflators containing ammonium nitrate in airbags for future models," Dion Corbett, a Nissan spokesman, said in a statement. "We will continue to put our customers' safety first and work to replace the inflators in vehicles under recall as quickly as possible."
Nissan also shared they are taking the move to drop Takata to protect the safety of their customers. Nissan will keep on working to replace the existing airbag inflators by Takata in their cars.
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The recall of the cars with the faulty airbags will take place as soon as possible. So far 30 million cars around the world have been recalled. The models containg the faulty inflators by Takata go back to 2008. Nissan has also assured they will carry out repeat inspections of their vehicles.