Several years after that huge airbag fiasco, the company we once knew as Takata is still making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
According to a report by Nikkei Asia, the former airbag manufacturer that goes by the name of Joyson Safety Systems these days has now falsified data on seatbelts to reach legally mandated strength standards. These seatbelts were reportedly produced at the company’s plant in Hikone, west of Nagoya, and eventually shipped to clients.
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has supposedly informed several carmakers of the situation and informed them to prepare for recalls, as data on millions of seatbelts may have been manipulated.
The Takata company filed bankruptcy in 2017 and was then acquired by Chinese-owned enterprise Key Safety Systems in 2018. Takata was then renamed to Joyson Safety Systems afterwards. Nikkei’s report says that the company is currently the largest supplier in Japan holding an estimated 40% market share, and is said to have just under 30% market share globally.
If you feel like you’ve seen this movie before, then you’re probably right. Back in 2016, Takata reportedly tampered with airbag inflator test results, and maybe that’s why this seatbelt debacle seems all too familiar. Here’s to hoping this new blunder doesn’t get as messy as that one, though. Once we receive more updates, we’ll keep you posted. Watch this space.