Honda Dumps Takata Airbags

Posted: Nov 4 2015, 9:43pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 4 2015, 9:46pm CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Honda Dumps Takata Airbags
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Honda used to be the largest airbag customer of Takata and made up 10 % of its sales globally.

Honda Motors Co. recently announced they have dropped Takata airbags. Honda will no longer use the airbags developed by Takata Corp in their vehicles. The recent break up has raised questions about the future of the Japanses parts supplier company. Honda specifically announced it will no longer use the front air bag inflators by Takata.

On Tuesday Takata was also fined $70 million by US auto safety regulator. On Wednesday the shares of the Japanese auto parts firm fell down as the 5th in Tokyo. Now it seems even Honda has decided to part ways with Takata. Honda was the biggest airbag customer of Takata. The airbags supplied to Honda made up 10 % of the global sales of Takata.

Takata came under fire earlier in 2015 when it was found their airbag inflators have caused 8 deaths. All the deaths occurred in Honda cars. The ammonium nitrate in the Takata inflators exploded in too much force.

The explosion sent metal fragments flying inside the cabin causing serious injuries leading to death. More than 40 million cars have been unofficially recalled over the Takata air bag inflators. Models even dating back to 2008 have been recalled.

Honda released a harshly worded statement while announcing their break up with Takata. The inflators in the front seat will no longer be used by Honda. Honda stated they were ‘deeply troubled’ by evidence regarding the Takata air bags.

The evidence suggested Takata misrepresented and manipulated test data about certain air bag inflators. The 10 percent of sales gained through Honda made up 38% of Takata’s total revenue.

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