For years, Takata supplied tens of millions of faulty airbags to the world’s biggest automakers. In June 2017 Takata filed for bankruptcy, marking the beginning of the end for the Japanese auto supplier. Find out what went wrong, and how long its airbag recalls are set to continue.
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The issue involves defective inflator and propellent devices that may deploy improperly in the event of a crash, shooting metal fragments into vehicle occupants. Approximately 42 million vehicles are potentially affected in the United States, and at least 7 million have been recalled worldwide.
The company’s faulty inflators, which can blast shrapnel into drivers and passengers, have resulted in the recall of tens of millions of vehicles and been linked to more than a dozen deaths worldwide.Takata and the automakers were slow to address the problem with the inflators despite reports of deaths and injuries.
Eventually they were forced to recall tens of millions of vehicles. The scope of the recalls means some car owners face lengthy waits for replacement parts, meanwhile driving cars with air bags that could malfunction in a crash.