The mantra “no news is good news” must certainly resonate with clarity at the Japan-based headquarters of the Takata Corporation, an air bag manufacturer with product installed in scores of millions of vehicles across the globe.
Unfortunately, stories surrounding Takata have been front-and-center fodder in media outlets internationally for some time now. The angst of the company’s principal executives seems certain to continue.
And our readers of course know why. Tragically, the company’s air bags have been directly implicated in the deaths of 10 people, with nearly 100 more reportedly injured by deployed bags that have hurtled shrapnel-type elements at vehicle occupants.
We have joined other news purveyors in noting some of the sad details surrounding the bag saga, noting recently, for example, the ongoing and exacting attention placed upon Takata by American safety regulators. We stated in a post from late last year that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration might further expand a huge bag recall that is already operative.
And now it has, announcing just last week that the existing recall of Takata’s product (previously noted at around 23 million bags) has been ratcheted up by a further five million units in the wake of news that one more person than previously reported died from bag-related injuries.
And the matter might not even stop there. A spokesperson for the NHTSA points to the “immense scope” of the problem and the resulting onus upon safety regulators “to take unprecedented steps to resolve it.”
That could mean, he says, “tens of millions” more air bags being recalled in the future.
California motorists with recall notices should certainly act with dispatch in effecting necessary repairs. Reportedly, only about one in four vehicle owners across the United States with bags subject to recall have brought them in to get fixed.