Takata loses more customers in faulty airbag aftermath 0

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Looks like more bad news for Takata Corp, the company heading the world’s largest auto safety recall.

News came this week that Nissan is dropping Takata as one of its key car part suppliers. Nissan has followed the likes of Toyota and Honda in breaking the relationship with Takata, who supplied over 10 carmakers with faulty airbag inflators. Nissan announced the break 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”.

Starting back in 2013, the faulty airbag scandal rocked the car industry and has become the largest auto safety recall in history. The airbags are supposed to be inflated by a contained explosion of ammonium nitrate. The defective airbags are claimed to have burnt through the propellant too fast, causing the metal canister that holds the explosion to burst. This sends the metal fragments to rupture the lining of the airbag and shoot into the vehicle, in the direction of the driver and passengers.

The defect has caused over a hundred injuries and 8 known deaths. Takata has faced over a year of criticism from the public, US lawmakers and the NHTSA, who believe they could have prevented these tragic incidents by recalling the inflators faster. US safety regulators have already fined Takata $70million for taking too long to recall the defective parts.

Over 18 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide so far, but that number could potentially rise to 34 million. It’s unsure whether Takata will survive this severe blow, even though airbags are not their only product. The company also produce child seats, seatbelts and electronics.