Sparta Report: Anyone who drives a car is probably aware of the Takata airbag scandal. Prior to 2013, Japan’s Takata Corporation was a major manufacturer of motor vehicle parts and accessories, and produced about 20% of all airbags worldwide.
In 2013, several auto manufacturers began to initiate recalls of vehicles with Takata airbags in them. Honda claimed to know of 100 injuries and eight deaths which had resulted from the defective exploding airbags. Some media reports stated the airbags were suspected to have been defective for a decade.
While the Takata airbag recall started with only a few million vehicles, it expanded and kept on expanding, and resulted in criminal charges against the company, eventually forcing it into a well-deserved bankruptcy. Currently, recalled vehicles in the United States total 37 million according to the NHTSA, with a total of 65-70 million affected airbags. The most recent round of recalls occurred in Australia with an additional 2.3 million vehicles recalled in February.
Given how high profile the Takata airbag recalls were and are, I am sure Hyundai and Kia owners can’t help but feel a little nervous when seeing the NHTSA is now investigating those companies for defective airbags: MORE