Takata Seat Belt Not Up To Standard
A total of 9 million Takata seat belts with manipulated test data were supplied for car production in Japan. Nikei launched, about 2 million of which had to be withdrawn due to security factors.
Earlier, Joyson Safety Systems (JSS), which took over Takata, said it was investigating inaccuracies in reporting seat belt test data. Takata plant in Hikone Japan, was taken over by JSS in 2018. JSS also said that data manipulation was done before they took over.
“JSS is currently reviewing available and relevant data over the last 20 years based on test after test and product after product,” JSS global communications director Bryan Johnson said in a statement.
The results of this investigation will be shared with the transportation authorities in other countries that received this seat belt. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has informed several vehicle makers about the situation and said it is preparing to withdraw.
JSS Japan is a top seat belt maker with a market share of around 40%. For global products, almost 30 percent of car seat belts are made by JSS.
Takata had been hit before because airbags grabbed and injured people. These airbags contain chemical compounds that can explode and thicken metal fragments.
In 2017, Takata pleaded guilty to criminal offenses against his inflator, including handing over false inflator test results to car manufacturers. Takata has also paid various fines and compensation for his offenses.
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