Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata has announced their plan to file for bankruptcy both in the United States and in Japan. The bankruptcy comes after a decade long struggle with safety recalls for faulty products. Takata’s peak occurred in the early 90s after they had manufactured a more affordable type of airbag that initially showed a lot of promise. But after execution, it was found that the inflation device was faulty and would explode rather than deploy. Takata’s airbags have been linked to over a dozed fatalities and over 180 injuries in the United States. The manufacturing error led to a mass recall of well over 42 million vehicles and a stagger 69 million airbag inflators.
Takata’s issues extended to internal controversies – the company had pleaded guilty to falsifying safety test data and other reports that were then provided to auto manufacturers. In response, the company was fined $25 million, forced to pay out $850 million in damages, and ordered to create restitution funds for individual victims of their products totaling at $125 million.
Beyond the bankruptcy, Takata announced that Detroit-based, American safety system producer Key Safety Systems would be acquiring their assets, including over 56 Takata plants. However, the Detroit-based company stated Takata would still be responsible for the recalls that are still ongoing.
Takata’s president Shigehisa Takada released a statement to media outlets in Tokyo regarding the company’s affairs saying, “We’re in a very difficult situation, and we had to find ways to keep supplying our products. As a maker of safety parts for the automobile industry, our failure to maintain a stable supply would have a major impact across the industry. There was no other way.”
The Key Safety Systems part of the deal is expected to close in 2018.
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