Former Takata plant shipped 9 million faulty seat belts to car companies in Japan

October 19, 2020

A former unit of bankrupt airbag maker Takata shipped 9 million seat belts to car companies in Japan with inaccurate test data that could result in around 2 million safety recalls, the Nikkei newspaper reported on October 16.

This is the second time in recent years that Takata has been involved in a major recall. In 2014, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered Takata to initiate a nationwide airbag recall. The action came as ten automakers in the United States. recalled hundreds of thousands of cars equipped with potentially faulty air bags manufactured by Takata.

As of 2015, Takata had become responsible for the largest auto recall in history. Takata in 2017 pleaded guilty to criminal wrongdoing, saying it submitted false inflator test results to automaker clients

Last week, U.S. automotive component maker Joyson Safety Systems (JSS) said it was investigating inaccuracies in the reporting of belt webbing test data over a 20-year period at the Japanese factory in Hikone it acquired from Takata in 2018. It said the inaccuracies arose before its acquisition.

“We are still investigating the matter and can’t say yet how many seat belts were involved,” an official in charge of recalls at Japan’s transport ministry told Reuters. The result of the investigation will be shared with transport authorities in other countries, the official added on condition of anonymity as the probe is still ongoing.

A Joyson representative in Japan did not immediately respond to a Reuters request from comment. The Michigan-based firm took over what was left of Takata after it went out of business.

JSS Japan is the top seat belt maker in the country with a market share of about 40%, as well as just under 30% globally, according to Nikkei.

Research contact: @nikkei

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