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Auto Companies Build Joint Coalition to Address Takata Defects


On Thursday, Dec. 11, auto executives from the world’s largest auto companies gathered in Detroit, Michigan to discuss and strategize about the continuing problems with Takata airbags.

Takata, a Japanese company that supplies nearly 25% of the world’s airbags, has been mired in an ongoing airbag recall that has affected more than 13 million vehicles to date.

The company has been very reticent to share information with both safety regulators in Japan and safety regulators in the United States. Indeed, the company refused to expand the recall across the United States and has ignored calls by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand its recalls.

Additionally, the company continues to assert that its research and development has solved the defects in the airbags.

Expressing extreme disappointment and skepticism, many auto manufacturers have banded together to investigate Takata’s airbags by hiring an independent engineering firm.

Though the details and agenda of the meeting have yet to be revealed, the attendants include:

  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota

An anonymous spokesperson who is familiar with the meeting, has stated that the auto industry intends to independently review Takata’s claims about the safety of its airbags.

The spokesperson also stated that it will take several more meetings for the auto executives to formulate a concrete plan.

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The firm’s Takata airbag injury attorneys have been leading the charge in holding Takata Corporation responsible for the many injuries caused by defective airbags.

If you or a loved one has been injured by defects in the Takata airbags after an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation.