Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Toyota | posted November 09, 2015 12:23
More Japanese automakers are ditching Takata as airbag supplier
Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda joined Honda Motor Company in dropping Takata as their airbag supplier. These Japanese automakers will no longer use Takata airbags in future cars due to the company's defective devices which caused the largest safety recall to date.
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda said that the company's decision to drop Takata as their airbag supplier is to provide peace of mind to its customers.
“The inflator, using ammonium nitrate, produced by Takata will not be adopted by Toyota. What’s most important above anything else is the safety and peace of mind of customers,” Toyoda said.
On the other hand, Automotive News reports that Nissan spokesman Dion Corbett announced that they will no longer use inflators containing ammonium nitrate in future cars.
“In line with the recent announcement from the United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we have decided to no longer use inflators containing ammonium nitrate in airbags for future models. We will continue to put our customers' safety first and work to replace the inflators in vehicles under recall as quickly as possible," Corbett said.
Mazda Motor Corp. is also cutting its ties with Takata while Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (Subaru) and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are considering to ditch Takata as well.
As previously reported, Takata's airbag uses a small charge to rapidly inflate an airbag and prevent injury in the event of a collision. Some of Takata's airbag inflators have been found to crack and rupture, sending metal debris into the cabin. Independent tests have found that the propellant, ammonium nitrate, was the cause. Sources indicate that the airbag issue is linked to 8 deaths and about 100 injuries.
Source: Automotive News