us auto safety regulator may recall up to 90 million takata airbag inflators

by:Powerful Toys     2019-11-23
The long-
The scandal prevented the company from providing replacement parts as quickly as automakers were forced to recall their cars.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the US auto safety regulator is reviewing whether an additional 70 million to 90 million Takata airbag inflators should be recalled because they could endanger drivers.
So far, this will be four times the recall of 29 million inflators, and related to the death of nine people in the United States.
Overall, up to 0. 12 billion Takata inflators in American cars contain the same volatile chemicals
Ammonium nitrate-
According to company documents reviewed by Reuters and verified by two former Takata managers, they are used for inflators recalled by car manufacturers.
No total has been reported before.
A Japanese supplier of one of the world\'s largest airbag manufacturers said some inflators could crack and explode with excessive force, spraying metal debris on passengers inside the vehicle.
The number of vehicles affected is still unclear as many people have more than one inflator and do not always come from the same manufacturer.
Five previous recalls.
4 million inflatable federal supervision institutions said about 24 million have defects of Takata inflatable with the about 19 million a 2004 since has been canceled.
The former manager described the \"long term\" quality failure at Takada North American inflator plant, and this assessment was reflected in dozens of company emails and documents from 2001.
These problems make it difficult for companies and regulators to identify which inflators --
Of tens of millions. pose a danger.
\"You can\'t know,\" said a former Takata manager, who has a direct understanding of the history of the company\'s manufacturing problems.
Former Takata manager, who is still working in the industry, requested anonymity.
Asked about the possibility of a massive additional recall and whether 70 million to 90 million inflators in the vehicle would endanger the driver, Takada declined to comment.
A new round of recalls could cost the company billions of dollars and add years to the replacement process.
The company said in a statement that it is \"working fully with regulators and our automotive customers and continues to take positive actions to improve car safety.
\"Takata cited an agreement reached with regulators in November to pay NHTSA a fine of $70 million in a settlement, including a commitment to stop production and use of ammonium nitrate by 2018.
It also promises that unless it is able to demonstrate that all remaining ammonium nitrate inflators are safe, they will be declared defective by 2019.
Spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said the national highway transport safety administration continued to investigate all Takada inflators using ammonium nitrate, but did not find enough evidence to guide automakers to recall the remaining inflators
\"It will take years for this issue to be resolved,\" Trowbridge said . \".
Production of ammonium nitrate from 0. 26 billion to 0. 285 billion-
A former Takata manager quoted the company\'s production records as telling Reuters that between 2000 and 2015, nearly half of the inflators worldwide blocked inUS vehicles.
According to company documents reviewed by Reuters, Takada provided these inflators to a dozen automakers.
The biggest customer is Honda Motors, which still owns a minority stake in Takada and has recalled more than 8 million defective Takada inflators, most of these inflators are the main inflators that regulators are currently working on Monclova, both in Mexico and in Georgia and Washington state, according to company documents.
The documents point out that there have been quality problems in these factories, which a former Takata official said is the cause of the breakdown of the inflator.
Last month, Takata told NHTSA in a document that \"manufacturing variability\" could be the cause of the rupture.
Dozens of internal Takata emails, spreadsheets and presentations reviewed by Reuters detail manufacturing issues.
The records show that these issues are more common and last longer than previously reported.
The company\'s records show that they have expanded their factories to at least 2014 in Georgia and Washington state.
These problems include: metal scraps inside some inflator components;
Improper welding of inflator shell;
Bad propellant wafers, parts that are bent or damaged.
A former Takata manager told Reuters that these problems could eventually cause moisture to pollute ammonium nitrate propellant, which in turn could cause the inflator to break.
A 2006 internal quality problem log points out that there is a problem with the inflator sold to Mazda Motor Company, Ford Motor Company, BMW company, Honda Motor Company, Daimler\'s Mercedes-Benz company
Mercedes and Toyota
Issues including scrap metal and contamination, clip breakage or loss, and deformed or misplaced parts are listed in the log.
In a 2010 memo, a Takata manager expressed concern about \"how to control moisture\" in some inflators and was concerned that the company could not ensure the safety of the equipment.
A letter about pre-in the same year-
In the production quality test of the inflator built at the Monclova plant, a Takata manager expressed confusion to colleagues about the cause of the general defect.
\"I don\'t understand why we fail every time,\" he wrote . \".
In the company document, engineer Takata mentioned the fault --
When the explosive inflator broke into metal fragments
Used as \"ED\" for \"energetic disassembly \". \"The long-
The scandal prevented the company from providing replacement parts as quickly as automakers were forced to recall their cars.
Airbag supplier Autoliv Inc. , also a competitor to Takata, is replacing the recalled Takata inflator and recently told investors that it expects to continue producing these components by 2017,
More recalls will add more delays.
So far, regulators have been trying to direct replacement inflators to older vehicles operating in hot and humid areas of the country, as ammonium nitrate becomes unstable when contaminated with moisture, and it will cause the inflator to break.
NHTSA officials said the agency made a recall of the inflators they considered the most dangerous a priority because of the company\'s limited ability to replace them.
Customers usually wait a few months after the recall notice to repair the vehicle.
NHTSA officials say the inflators that have been recalled are considered the most dangerous because they do not contain desiccant.
According to NHTSA\'s records, to date, all 90 deaths related to Takata airbag failures have involved those with the highest risk.
Gao Tian\'s chief executive, Shigehisa Takada, apologized to the victims last year and claimed responsibility for these dangerous defects.
The most recent death report was in December, 52-year-old Joel Knight drove his 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck on a rural road near his home in kshaw, South Carolina.
In a document submitted to NHTSA, the family lawyer wrote that he died of shrapnel from the rupture of the airbag inflator piercing his neck.
In a regulatory document, Takata confirmed that the inflator broke down in the accident and was manufactured in Monclova on 2005, but the company did not specifically link the failure to Knight\'s death.
Shortly after the accident, the company announced
4 million more defective inflators.
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