Takata Pleads Guilty in Cover-UP of Bad Airbags
It appears the Airbag maker pled guilty in this case to cover-up related to deaths. A court fined the company $1 billion in this case. Takata, a Japanese auto supplier, did enter a guilty plea. The plea, in this case, made Monday in Detroit federal court. This fulfilled requirements of a deal with the U.S. Justice Department. The deal included a guilty plea and a victim’s fund. In fact, it’s a fund for victims and families of the airbags.
It’s a fund for victims and relatives of the airbag defect. In this case, it stems from the company covering up a flaw in airbags. The airbags resulted in 16 deaths.
Settlement and Agreement.
The auto supplier agreement did include a 1 billion dollar fund. Though, they had to open a compensation fund. The fund opened needed to be a $125 million for victims and families.
It’s known at least 16 people died because of the malfunctioning airbags. In fact, another one hundred people suffered injury due to the airbags.
Further, three Takata executives did get indicted by the government. In this case for alleged false test reports. The executives did it to hide the airbag defect. If in fact, the airbags had real trials, in this case, it could have avoided harm. The true test results could have of course saved untold injury and deaths.
The airbags, in this case, did get installed in dozens of automobile models. It, in fact, led to a U.S. recall for over 42 million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focused on the oldest cars first. Older models recalled by NHTSA first because of the research.
In this case, it, shows the airbags become unstable. In this instance due to the chemicals used in the airbags. Because of a shortage of replacement parts, the auto recall comes in stages. Older model cars have a high risk of course. The parts, of course, need replacement to avoid the dangerous risk in this case.
In the first place, Takata did, of course, resist expanding the recall. Though, they did it in this case with pressure from the NHTSA. The auto supplier, of course, followed General Motors and Volkswagen. Though, in this case, by of course hiring lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. The attorney, of course, appointed to oversee the $125 million compensation fund.
In fact, the lawyer has experience creating similar funds too. He oversaw funds for those impacted by 9/11 and the BP oil spill. The oil spill, of course, did happen in the Gulf of Mexico in this case. Volkswagen though, of course, did use the lawyer to run a fund. Because of problems in fact with automakers diesel engines.
Takata will compensate affected automakers $850 billion. In this case, automakers impacted of course by the airbag scandal. It’s believed this amount will cover a fraction of the loss. The loss suffered by the automakers or in this case, will suffer. Because of the false airbag tests and of course the recall too.
The airbags research showed airbags became unstable. In this case, the airbags proved unstable due to certain risks. The airbags have a higher risk in areas with high humidity. The problem’s the ingredient ammonium nitrate that became explosive. It’s used to inflate the airbags and also the cause of the instability.
Risk of Face and Eye Injuries?
The airbags can inflate in an inappropriate manner. Airbags inflating improperly can in this case release shrapnel. The explosion sent shrapnel of course into the passenger compartment too. This flying metal and debris have resulted in over one hundred injured and at least 16 killed.