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Automakers in U.S. recall 1.7 million cars with Takata airbags

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Such a slow process, it has been ongoing for many years. It can't be good driving around with a potential explosive device in the front of the car.

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@wanderlust - Such a slow process, it has been ongoing for many years. It can't be good driving around with a potential explosive device in the front of the car.

It is such a slow process because Takata was forced into bankruptcy and only have kept a skeleton crew manufacturing replacements. They estimate it will take more than a decade to replace them all worldwide. Another problem is finding mechanics that are prepared to do the work out of fear of getting paid. So far, only 30% have been paid for replacing them.

Takata knew these airbags were faulty for over a decade before the US took action against after tens of millions had been installed in cars around the world. The US took class action against the Japanese company bringing on their bankruptcy. However, nothing has happened to them in Japan. No litigation or even an investigation. The Japanese recall is nearly as extensive as that in the US, but it's not in the news at all. I had the inflator replaced in my Honda Stepwgn last year. It would seem that deadly corporate fraud is not a criminal offense in japan.

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How. Is. This. Company. Still. In. Business????

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How is that no one is in jail?

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Us trade war?

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Sad... as much as the problem the air bags may have caused... from victims to automakers and the manufacturers and suppliers, their air bags have started the safety programs based upon air bags for so many products other than just cars. As a result of the sad incidents, the improvements made have assured many industries besides the auto industry a method of preventing injuries and death due to extreme impact. The good and the bad from their products have made improvements in all areas from the materials used, the control systems, the placement of the bags in relation to the subjects to be protected, etc. to even the design of the vehicles themselves.

There may be blame and placement of responsibility on the part of the maker, but the auto manufacturers as well as the marketing arms have started to better inform and educate the final user of the need for caution and the proper method of placing themselves in the proper position to be properly protected. One aspect was the redesigning of the position of pockets top hold things in a vehicle that may cause the contents to "fly" into the subject to cause injury.

Therefore, from such incidents, with the p[roper attitudes and proper consideration, much better things are created and born.

Also, not ALL of the airbags are in the wrong position and placement or with the wrong releases. And not all airbags are faulty. But caution is always best. And replacement with a better one may be in order. However, there is no guarantee. There is no guarantee that one will not get into an accident or that the subject was in the expected proper position without things that may fly with the inflating bags.

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kazetsukai - I see what you're saying about airbags saving lives. However, according to reports, officials at Takata tried to cover up potential issues back when the first known accident occurred: https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/motoring-news/takata-alleged-to-have-known-about-airbag-defects-as-early-as-2000/news-story/080fdfd29b8931eb113fa9701d8f1785

23 lives lost. There's blood on their hands because they were slow and finally were forced to admit fault.

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It is such a slow process because Takata was forced into bankruptcy and only have kept a skeleton crew manufacturing replacements. 

Are there no Camera companies who produce airbags?

It would seem that deadly corporate fraud is not a criminal offense in japan.

It is if you are not Japanese.

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But no other company has guts to do this business besise Takata. If some does, some will make a conplain again.

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backpackingnepal - what are you talking about?

There are any number of other Big airbag makers.

Autoliv, Joyson, TRW, Delphi etc.

Takatas demise has seen these groups grow.

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There are any number of other Big airbag makers.

Autoliv, Joyson, TRW, Delphi etc.

Yes, there are plenty of other companies which make the product. If it takes Takata so long to sort this out then it does not say much for their quality or reliability.

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Why is this still going on ? Takata Air Bags should have been totally recalled due to their potential danger to the Public and subsequent liability of damages to the Companies using them. Scandal.

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