Takata Reformulates Chemical Compounds Used in Airbags
An anonymous official at Takata Corporation, the airbag manufacturer at the center of a 14 million vehicle recall effort, has recently announced that the chemical compound used by the company in its airbag propellants has been altered.
The official refused to admit that the change occurred because of the recalls and asserted that the upgrade was a normal part of the process.
Senators have urged the Department of Justice to investigate the company for criminal violations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ramped up its efforts to hold Takata accountable by requesting extensive documentation of the company’s records.
Takata & the FBI
Senior employees at the Takata Corporation are currently serving long prison sentences in the United States according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Both the company and its executives were found guilty of violating U.S. anti-trust laws by fixing the prices of seatbelts.
Takata was fined more than $71 million. It remains to be seen whether the current airbag recall efforts will result in a similar criminal case.
In any event, car accident victims deserve justice after an airbag that is supposed to protect instead fails and adds additional injuries.