Honda and Toyota Call For Industry Testing of Faulty Takata Airbags
You’re forgiven if you haven’t cared to inform yourself about the Takata airbag recall because in 2014, more vehicles have been recalled than ever before in history. With each passing day, the news of a recall is just white noise. This one may even seem less important because it's from Takata, an airbag supplier, rather than an actual automobile company.
However, faulty Takata airbags have been blamed for at least 4 deaths and 139 injuries due to metal shrapnel being expelled from the airbags’ inflators, so like any recall, this one deserves as much attention as possible. Millions of vehicles, mostly from the previous decade, have been recalled due to the serious risk of injury from metal debris being ejected from an inflating airbag.
In that vein, Honda and Toyota, two of the 16 manufacturers whose vehicles may be affected, are calling for independent, industry-wide testing of the airbags in question. According to a Toyota press release, “the objective of seeking collaborative third-party testing is to ensure the inflators that require replacement are accurately identified and promptly fixed.”
Honda independently issued a similar release, calling for industry-wide collaboration and data collection. Not only does the company want other car manufacturers to cooperate, it is also calling on Takata to provide necessary testing data in support of the initiative.
“We believe that the industry can achieve greater results by sharing information and putting its collective efforts behind the same objective third party testing program,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc.”
The full list of vehicles affected by the Takata recall can be found on the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and consumers concerned about purchasing a new vehicle can look up its VIN on the same site to see if the recall has been performed.
Source: Honda, Toyota, NHTSA