We trust our most precious cargo to air bags, which are key to the contemporary automotive-safety paradigm. But air bags manufactured by Takata have an inflator with a faulty part which can explode and shoot out metal shrapnel into a vehicle when the airbag deploys. U.S. automakers are recalling vehicles known to be using those airbags with the faulty inflators. Manufacturers have recalled over 14 million vehicles since 2008 due to flawed Takata airbags. Recently ten automakers have recalled 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S.alone due to the faulty airbags.
Even more alarming is that press from secret sources revealed that Takata had tested the inflators before the fatal crashes occurred, and used them anyway, knowing they were subject to failure. Did Takata investigate defective air bag inflator as early as 2003? Takata denies the allegations.
Now it appears that Takata is amassing a stockpile of the suspect inflators.