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Takata struggles to replace defective air bag inflators

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 01:24

In the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, Takata Corp is struggling to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators to nearly 34 million vehicles. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Rick Seim's Honda CRV is one of the nearly 34 million vehicles affected by Takata Corp's recall of potentially deadly air bag inflators. … found to explode with too much force, spraying metal fragments inside cars. The inflaters have been linked to six deaths, all in cars made by the supplier's top customer -- Honda Motor Co. Stephanie Erdman, now blind, testified at a congressional hearing back in 2014: (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEPHANIE ERDMAN, A VICTIM OF TAKATA'S AIR BAG DEFECT SAYING: "When the impact occurred, shrapnel from my car's airbag shot through the airbag cloth and embedded in my right eye and cheek". But millions of Americans are still waiting for their replacement part as Takata struggles to fill the demand. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HONDA OF OAKLAND CUSTOMER RELATIONS, ASHLEE SPEIGHT, SAYING: "We have ordered over probably 2 or 3,000 airbags at this point that are still on back order." Industry experts say the recall could take years to complete. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JACK NERAD, EXECUTIVE MARKET ANALYST WITH AUTO INDUSTRY RESEARCH FIRM KELLEY BLUE BOOK SAYING: "Well, I think this is a recall that maybe is the Joe DiMaggio batting streak of recalls, that nobody will ever touch it, no matter how many years go by." A Takata spokesman says the company will raise output to one million inflators per month by September...but it still could take years before ALL affected motorists feel safe again.

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Takata struggles to replace defective air bag inflators

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 01:24