Takata Unaware of Airbag Issue's 'Root Cause'

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Takata has admitted that it still has not determined the reason why its airbags are hurtling metal shards.

The company’s airbags are the reason why millions of vehicles have been recalled across the U.S. this year. Despite that, Takata is still under pressure by U.S. regulators to expand the recall across the country, rather than just calling back cars from states with high humidity.

Takata safety executive, Hiroshi Shimizu admitted during his testimony that the company hasn’t identified “the root cause yet,” but believes that high humidity, temperature and the life of the product is contributing to the defect. The testimony came after Takata told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that its current data doesn’t support expanding the recall beyond states with high humidity.

SEE ALSO: Honda Expanding its Takata Airbag Recall

The recall currently affects over 16-million vehicles worldwide and has been linked to at least five deaths. Recently, Honda announced that it would expand its own airbag recall nationwide but will prioritize replacement parts to areas with high humidity.

[Source: Automotive News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

More by Jason Siu

Join the conversation