- Airbag Recall Update: Takata Allegedly Knew 10 Years Ago of Deadly Airbag Defect
- November 19, 2014 | Author: Todd A. Walburg
- Law Firm: Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP - San Francisco Office
- In a shocking development, former workers at airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation reportedly tested airbags at its crash-testing facility in Michigan, which showed a dangerous flaw in the airbags. The secret tests, which have not been previously disclosed, were performed after normal work hours and on weekends and holidays during summer 2004 at Takata's American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the former employees stated to the New York Times.
"The result was so startling that engineers began designing possible fixes in preparation for a recall," the New York Times reports. "But instead of alerting federal safety regulators to the possible danger, Takata executives [allegedly] discounted the results and ordered the lab technicians to delete the testing data from their computers."
Eleven carmakers, including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Ford, Chrysler and BMW, have recalled more than 11 million sold in the U.S. to fix the defect in the Takata airbags. Some have ruptured, sending metal fragments into the car. Others failed to inflate after an accident. At least four deaths and more than 30 injuries have been linked to the problem.