Takata Accused Of Faking Airbag Test Data

Posted: Feb 25 2016, 11:07pm CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

 
Takata Accused of Faking Airbag Test Data
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  • US accuse Takata of falsifying testing data in 2010!

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Internal documents reveal Takata presented false component design to Toyota after the initial recall.

US regulators have stated that Takata Corp. has been falsifying data for years. Back in 2009 a recall of the Takata airbags was issued after two fatalities. It has been revealed that in 2010 Takata officials in Japan presented falsified test data.

The data was presented to Honda, their largest customer, about a new component’s design. Internal documents have revealed test data was falsified by Takata to keep on their deception regarding safe airbags.

The data from the 2010 document was cited in a report published on Tuesday. The report is published by the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce and Transportation.

The data illustrates a pattern of deceit at Takata. The deceit continued even after the severity of the airbag defect was known. The new component design in the internal documents was experimental and never went into production.

The Takata engineers in North America have admitted they felt pressured by their counterparts in Japan. The engineers were to proceed with the design even though it had a high likelihood of failure.

It is believed the data was falsified by Takata to avoid a recall of a large magnitude. In 2013 after a third death there was another recall that covered millions.

The internal documents show a Takata manager wrote an internal memo warning use of inaccurate information. An email even back as 2006 has been unearthed admitting to production problems.

According to Takata the issue is entirely inexcusable and will not be tolerated or repeated. The Takata airbags have so far caused 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries. Fourteen major auto makers have recalled 28 million Takata airbag inflaters in about 24 million vehicles.

“We fully cooperated with ITC to support their analysis, and we will continue to work closely with them, NHTSA and our customers to take aggressive actions that advance vehicle safety,” a Takata spokesman said in a statement to Automotive News.

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