It is possible that the day will come when the scant traceability of Takata’s deadly airbags ceases to be news: it is almost impossible to know the exact number of vehicles that incorporate them and how many of them explode violently; even less the restored cars that ride this device.
Because tens of millions of defective airbags have been removed, but not replaced, and massive recall calls, like Ford’s a month ago , are nothing compared to the 21 deaths confirmed by these devices.
The latest news is that a group of 13 manufacturers will pay 130 million dollars to compensate the victims of this scandal and as part of an agreement to resolve the bankruptcy of the Japanese company.
Recall that Takata, and its North American subsidiary TK Holdings, filed for bankruptcy in June 2017 . In October, the American Key Safety Systems bought most of Takata’s profitable assets for 1,370 million euros. In this way a constant supply of automotive parts for the largest manufacturers could be guaranteed (the Japanese manufacturer produces a third of the safety belts used in vehicles around the world).
Now we know that companies like Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota or General Motors have agreed to inject around 130 million dollars to Takata, so that it can solve once and for all its bankruptcy and compensate the victims . They may also charge a separate amount from the compensation fund created last year by Takata, which amounts to 125 million dollars.
However, it is most likely that the funds received are not enough to compensate all the injured drivers (let’s not mention the fatalities), so that there could still be more lawsuits against manufacturers .
The manufacturer that has faced a greater number of claims has been Honda, because at least 19 deaths have occurred in vehicles of the Japanese firm in the United States. Honda was accused, along with BMW, Ford, NIssan and Toyota, of knowing for years that Takata’s airbags were dangerous, but they continued to use them to save costs.
In response to the accusations, Honda has declared itself the victim of a deception on the part of Takata and has affirmed that it will compensate the victims in their entirety.
Recall that according to independent research and the independent experts of the NHTSA, it was concluded that non-dehydrated Takata brand air bags inflator does not imply an excessive risk to safety until the propeller reaches a certain degree of deterioration.
Only the airbag inflator is under review, and the replacement part solves the original safety problem of the call for review.